By A Crown Heights resident
Residents of Crown Heights have suffered from a tremendous amount of crime the past few months, Yidden are robbed and assaulted daily on our streets, homes have been burglarized, stores robbed, carjackings, vandalism, attempted stabbings. We all know at least 5 people that had their car broken into recently. Everyone has had a package stolen from the doorsteps of their homes at least once (some people many, many times), etc.
And this is all Chas Veshalom going to get many times worse in one months time, comes January 1st once the new horrendous criminal justice reform bills by our progressive mayor and governor come into law and takes effect, which it will basically protect the rights of all the criminals while abandoning the rights of the law-abiding hardworking citizens which are crime victims.
Now, this is nothing new to Crown Heights, this crime and lawlessness of these criminals have been going on since as long as we all remember growing up in Crown Heights.
But the difference is now in today’s day and age, almost in the year 2020, there are excellent surveillance/video cameras that can capture every crime and lead to the arrests of the perpetrators responsible for the crimes, IF we have video cameras everywhere.
Now regardless if we feel that the Police in Crown Heights are or are not doing a good enough job protecting us, or if they do follow up and investigate crimes after they occur or not, the obvious fact is that if the criminal(s) run away from the crime scene (which usually happens) then WITHOUT video surveillance of the crime there is usually a 0 percent chance that the perpetrators would be apprehended later on.
Yes even with video cameras most criminals will still likely commit a crime, but over the past 10 years dozens and dozens of crimes that occurred in Crown Heights, the Police were able to apprehend the perpetrators after the crime by getting a clear picture of them from Surveillance/Video Cameras and either recognizing them from past interactions with the police or spotting them (many times with the help of our community spotting them, both our amazing community patrols spotting them, and many times with the help of COLlive publishing the wanted images/videos) on the street and the Police being able to arrest them. Unfortunately many many of the crimes that did occur in the past in Crown Heights there were no video cameras in that area and there was not really much to investigate because the Police did not know who to look for.
BH in Crown Heights walking down the streets you can see lately many houses, stores and buildings that have video cameras, Thank You to these homeowners, store owners and building owners which have installed video cameras, you not only invested in helping to protect your property, but you invested in your community, because of the video cameras which covers the sidewalk and street outside your property that you put up, when crimes occurred in that area, many many criminals were apprehended over the last 10 years in Crown Heights because of your video footage.
But there are so many more houses (many alleys in Crown Heights as well), stores (stores on Kingston, Albany, Troy and all the other streets, etc), and many smaller buildings in Crown Heights that don’t have video cameras.
This is A Call to Action! We Must FLOOD our streets in Crown Heights with Video Cameras, Nobody will do it for you but you, The only Cameras that the city is investing in CH is more Speed Cameras and Bus Lane Cameras to Ticket us more.
If your home or store neighbor has video cameras, instead of thinking that at least near your home is covered by video surveillance, join your neighbor and put up video cameras on your home as well.
By placing video cameras on your property, you are not just helping to protect your property, you are helping to protect your community, our community, the Rebbe’s community.
Yes Surveillance/Video Cameras are not cheap (they are much more affordable then it used to be), but this is crucial and extremely important for everyone that can afford it to purchase and install on their property Video Cameras.
Together hopefully if we can have much of Crown Heights flooded with Surveillance/Video Cameras then at the best some criminals will use their brains and go to another neighborhood which does not have many cameras and do their crimes there, and at the worst chas veshalom, at least we all will be able to help with video footage to identify the criminals to the Police.
If everyone can please write in the comments section below recommendations, the names and phone numbers for local Lubavitchers in Crown Heights that install video/surveillance cameras for all those wanting to have video/surveillance cameras installed on their property.
A Concerned CH Resident.