THUNDER BAY – Crime spiked on Sunday. Thunder Bay Police responded to four assaults, one weapons offences, and 27 ‘Quality of Life’ calls which included 18 alcohol related calls for police intervention.
In total over the twenty-four hour period there were 56 calls for service from the public seeking police assistance.
Thunder Bay Police report success
TBPS reported on Sunday that the efforts online and in their investigation into the theft of a charity box from a North Cumberland Street service station led to the suspect turning himself into police. The suspect whose name has not been released by police has a court date over the theft.
As requested by Police, NetNewsledger has removed the image supplied by police from our report on that incident.
Eye on the Street
Often however, sources tell NetNewsledger that the bureaucracy and poor quality of the images on the cameras make the cameras less helpful for police as they could be.
It can take up to three days after a watch commander signs off on a request from an officer before the images captured by the camera can be used for an investigation.
Most people assume that Eye on the Street cameras are being viewed by Police Officers. They are not. The cameras are not under the direct control of the Thunder Bay Police Service.
The City of Thunder Bay states, “The Eye on the Street Partnership is a community public safety initiative in the City of Thunder Bay. In November 2005, the City of Thunder Bay established a video surveillance program with 16 cameras in 12 locations in the Downtown areas”.
The goals and objectives of the Program are:
To foster and help maintain a safe environment in the downtown core areas;
- To act as one component of downtown revitalization and increase pedestrian traffic;
- To deter violence, unlawful activity and other anti-social behaviour;
- To provide information to the Thunder Bay Police Service to assist it with its response to unlawful activity and anti-social behaviour;
- To discourage incidents of vandalism in order to reduce the number of insurance claims and/or repair costs associated with them; and
- To monitor, prevent, and respond to any crime displacement to surrounding areas not monitored by the cameras.
High Definition cameras would help, but the cost would be prohibitive to implement a new, and better system.
For more information on Eye on the Streets.