It was only a few weeks into 2019 that Oak Park police posted a photo of a man fleeing on foot past a home in the 800 block of South Maple Avenue in Oak Park.
They later arrested two men, one of whom was in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle, but the photograph posted with the press release appeared to come from the front porch of a home in the neighborhood.
The image wasn't taken by a neighbor's cell phone camera, however; instead it was pulled from a surveillance video that had been posted on the website for Neighbors App, which allows those with surveillance cameras on their home to post video that is made available to other Neighbors App users.
The Oak Park Police Department is taking the concept a step further and allowing Oak Park residents to submit surveillance video directly to police through a new online portal, according to a press release.
Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds was not immediately available for comment on the new program.
Police note that they are "hoping to tap the growing number of surveillance video cameras" in the community to help solve crimes.
Residents can also submit photos they think might be relevant in criminal activity.
"The police department often gets unsolicited surveillance videos via email from residents," the press release notes. "Officers also routinely look for nearby cameras when they canvas a neighborhood after a crime has been reported. The new image and video uploader should make it more convenient for concerned citizens to share video with police."
All files will be used as "confidential aspects of ongoing investigations," according to police.
The uploader is available at www.oak-park.us/policevideo.
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