Police: Mobile security cameras proving effective in Eugene

The cameras have been deployed to Kesey Square, the bike path, and outside of schools and businesses that have seen a string of property crimes.

Posted: Feb 13, 2019 6:33 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2019 6:35 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The three mobile security cameras that were fully rolled out in November have been effective, according to Eugene police.

Lt. Doug Mozan said the cameras have been deployed to Kesey Square, the bike path, and outside of schools and businesses that have seen a string of property crimes.

"If there is something we can do to prevent crime with limited resources, then we are all for it," Mozan said. "And this is one example program that I think we are really getting our bang for our buck."

Food Cart owners at Kesey Square told KEZI 9 News that before the cameras they witnessed vandalism, drug activity, and fights. They said since a camera was placed in the square, nearly all of the troublemakers have moved on.

Mozan said in many cases the cameras are deployed after police receive a request from the public or investigators and staff at their department.

He said they have also been proactive after hearing about crime trends in community meetings.

Chris Giards with Eugene Parks and Open Space said he recently asked police to use the cameras at Alton Baker Park to deal with illegal camping and they worked perfectly.

While Mozan said one trailer was recently vandalized with spray paint, he said that's not going to stop them from using them. He said he can see the department buying more of them in the future.

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