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Criminals 'Ready for Their Closeup': DA, NT Leaders to Sign Up Security Cameras for Operation Safe-Cam Saturday

Author: Anonym/Monday, October 23, 2017/Categories: General, Legislature

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NORTH TONAWANDA—Niagara County’s District Attorney and the majority leader of the Niagara County Legislature will lead an effort Saturday to sign business owners up in the county’s new registry of private security cameras.


The effort comes on the tail of concerns about crime statistics in communities across the county, as well as the county’s efforts to battle local effects of the nationwide opioid crisis.


“Operation Safe-Cam allows our law enforcement personnel to know where private cameras are that might shed some light on what happened during a crime, including the all-important identification of suspects,” District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said.


The Operation Safe-Cam registry complements the addition of four new high-tech security cameras in downtown North Tonawanda. The cameras are being procured using asset forfeiture funds from the DA’s office and unexpended county monies from the 2017 budget.


On Saturday, the duo will lead an effort by local officials and criminal prosecutors from Wojtaszek’s office to visit downtown businesses on Webster, Sweeney, Oliver and other streets in North Tonawanda to ask owners if they have cameras and are willing to join the Operation Safe-Cam registry. That effort kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at Canal Club 62, 62 Webster St.


“Criminals are able to do more harm because of new technology,” said Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt. “We’re pushing back with our own technology, and by ensuring that the good guys know where there are private citizens who can be of help.”


Bradt, who also authored the county’s legislation creating a heroin and opioid task force, added that the nationwide drug epidemic risked changing quiet communities like the Lumber City for the worse.


“This is also an effort to get criminals to understand that they don’t want to ply their trades here, and that if they do, they will get caught,” Bradt said.


“And prosecuted,” Wojtaszek added.



WHO:  Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, District Attorney Caroline A. Wojastzek.


WHAT:  Signing up business owners to Operation Safe-Cam registry.


WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 21, at 12:30 p.m.                                 


WHERE:  Leaving from Canal Club 62, 62 Webster St., North Tonawanda.


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