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South Columbus Residents Try to Catch Criminal on Camera

SOUTH COLUMBUS (Rob Wells/Kate Liebers) -- Frustrated by rising crime, people in one Columbus neighborhood said they are using technology to protect themselves. 

Vassor Village residents in south Columbus have installed two surveillance cameras in hopes of catching those responsible for a rash of burglaries.

"The cops are stretched to their maximum capacity. They have so much to contend with," area resident Beau Bayliss said. "But the problem is it comes down to the neighbor's word against the criminal's word."
The cameras are programmed to alert residents if motion lasting more than 30 seconds is detected in the same spot.  

One of the cameras captured images of someone stealing appliances from a vacant home. The footage was reportedly turned over to the police.

An anonymous donation will allow for five more cameras to be installed.

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