A Phoenix apartment complex near 40th Street and Southern Avenue is fighting crime by posting surveillance video of criminals on the Internet.
One video from Nov. 2 shows two schoolgirls walk onto the property wearing backpacks. John Taylor, general manger of Southpoint Apartments, said the girls looked innocent enough at first.
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“Then they approach a couple of the cars,” Taylor said. “And one of them pulls a slim jim out of her backpack.”
In another case from Sunday morning, surveillance cameras captured images of a man leaving the property after he stole a radio and CD’s from two cars, Taylor said.
Taylor said he’s using YouTube and CraigsList.org is because police need all the help they can get.
“We’re very concerned for our residents,” he said.
Together, Taylor said both cases have gotten more than 150 hits. But he said he wants an arrest in both cases — and he wants to deter future crimes.
That’s why he’s adding more cameras to his property before the end of the year. “We’re being proactive,” he said. “We’re going to use all of the high-tech equipment we can get.”
Other Valley businesses have already used YouTube in their crime fighting efforts.
Two men videotaped stealing jewelry from a Mesa cigar store became YouTube stars earlier this month, although Mesa police are still searching for suspects in that case.
Robert Guertin, owner of Big Sticks Fine Cigars at 1017 N. Dobson Road, said he posted two surveillance videos from his store on YouTube because he wanted to make sure the men do not strike again. To add interest, he also offered a $1,000 reward for the identity of the men.
“They’ll only get braver,” Guertin said.