Cameras Aim To Keep You Safe

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

The nation is still in shock after the abduction and tragic murder of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith two weeks ago.

Smith was last seen leaving a Target department store in Kansas City.

Her alleged killer, 26-year-old Edwin Hall was also seen leaving the same Target store.

Surveillance video from the store gave officials information into Smith's abduction and led to Hall's arrest.

Bowling Green Police Spokesman Barry Pruitt says security cameras have played a key role in this area as well.

"There's been a number of crimes in Bowling Green that have been solved through surveillance cameras. When you get the perpetrator on video... once they see themselves on tape, its hard to deny that you're responsible for the crime," says Officer Pruitt.

You may notice people trying to perfect their bowling average at Southern Lanes bowling alley.

Yet you might not notice the security cameras watching out for them.

The bowling alley has 38 total electronic eyes... some inside and some out in the parking lot.

Its a measure that comforts local parent Shawn Willgruber.

"I think with technology today it makes me feel a lot better. Especially with a 4 and a 6-year-old, that I can bring them to a place where they can bowl and everything's secure," says Willgruber.

Southern Lanes weekend manager David Pendleton says its entire premises are covered by cameras as well, just in case something like the Smith abduction happens here.

"If someone was abducted out of the parking lot we'd have the video, hopefully we'd get a vehicle description, maybe a license plate," Pendleton says.

Pendleton notes the bowling alley has had to rely on these cameras in the past for altercations and other issues.

However, security cameras are not only being used in stores or places of business anymore.

"It seems that there are more security cameras throughout bowling green. Some homes and subdivisions now have cameras. I think its just the safer way to go," says Willgruber.

While security cameras can't always deter crimes, Willgruber says right now they bring us one step closer.

"I think it helps us know that things are there if they need to go back and look at tapes. It also helps us look for children who have been lost or taken or are just lost. It just makes us feel a lot better," says Willgruber.

The Bowling Police Department also offer these tips to keep yourself safe when leaving somewhere;

1. Beware of your surroundings
2. Have your car keys and house keys ready before you leave a place.
3. Walk confidently as if you know what you're doing


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