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Dover PD Fights Crime With Advanced Video Technology

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DOVER, Del. - Crime statistics in Dover are on the rise, and to fight the problem, the police department is using modern technology to keep more eyes on its streets.

"It's pretty bad right here. It's horrible. A lot of drug exchanges," Dover resident Chrisey Alfree said.

"Crime is up by at least three to four percent than last year as of now. We've seen an increase in violent crime. The immediate downtown area is responsible for a large volume of high crime," Dover Police Chief Jim Hosfelt said.

Since adopting a video surveillance system in 2009, the police department has been working with Advantech Inc. and Honeywell Security Group to ramp up security. Two months ago, they phased in 14 additional surveillance cameras

"Higher resolution. High definition capabilities. You can go back, retrieve and digitally zoom in, and have more detail that you can use for prosecution," Sales Manager at Advantech Inc. Ryan Kelly said.

Inside the 911 Dispatch Center at the Dover Police Department, all 35 cameras display live surveillance and video recordings of crime hot spots, 24 hours a day.

"Having surveillance, it's a silent witness. It's the unbiased opinion," Kelly said.

Since the newer cameras were installed, police say numerous criminals have been caught in the act.

Chief Hosfelt tells WMDT the area surrounding Kirkwood Street and Reed Street has more violent crime than any other area in the city of Dover. Just this past month, surveillance cameras were able to capture three major crimes and help police catch the suspects.

"We have captured a drug dealer hiding his dope; we have captured a gentleman parking his car and getting an assault rifle out of the car and walking up one street so that he can shoot at another drug dealer. We've captured a gang-related home invasion," he said.  

If he gets his way, Chief Hosfelt says he'll have a camera on every street corner. The city is planning on getting the next phase of cameras installed south of Loockerman Street, towards the Dart Bus Station.

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