KCCI-TV's  Lauren Donovan reports Marshall County Crime Stoppers Safety Camera project.

Here is the link to the video of her report.
MARSHALL COUNTY, Iowa -- A hefty investment into safety cameras throughout Marshall County could pay off, county leaders and business owners told KCCI.

The roughly $58,000 program is part of the Marshall County Crime Stoppers’ efforts to install security cameras throughout the county, particularly in high-traffic areas, in order to thwart crime and apprehend criminals in the area.

Earlier this week, after the Marshall County Board of Supervisors examined how other Iowa communities use the cameras to solve crimes, it committed $20,000 to Crime Stoppers, a national organization that offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

That’s in addition to the $20,000 from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the $20,000 from the Marshalltown City Council.

The local Crime Stoppers board now has to raise $20,000.

Once the money has been raised, Marshalltown-based RACOM Corp. will provide a basic system of cameras throughout the county.

Marshalltown Mayor James Lowrance said his city is already safe and that the cameras will only be used as an investigative tool.

“This was really an effort just to stay up with modern technology and provide our law enforcement officers with the tools that they need to police the community and be prepared for the future,” Lowrance said.

If an incident were reported, police would be able to look back at security camera footage corresponding to the location and zoom in on the license plate to identify the would-be criminal.

It is unclear when county officials will pull the funds together, but they’re hoping the process will go swiftly because many area business owners said they are already on board with the program.



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