FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21 – Police are asking neighbors to share doorbell camera footage to help officers solve crime in the Summit City.
Officers have responded to three different shootings within three days.
On Sunday morning, police said gunshots were fired from outside and struck an 8-year-old boy inside a house. Police said the boy was fighting for his life, however, recently, the boy’s mother said he has been doing better.
On Monday night, a similar situation happened. Police said gunshots were fired from outside and several bullets struck a 13-year-old boy inside a house. Officers said the boy was seriously hurt.
On Tuesday afternoon, police said gunshots were fired and left a man dead.
Detectives said they are trying to solve these crimes to keep families safe, however, officers said they need your help.
Detectives said they are asking neighbors who have doorbell cameras to share their footage with police in order to help them solve the crimes.
A couple of people who own doorbell cameras said they believe it’s important to help officers. They shared past experiences of how their doorbell cameras have helped first-responders.
Michael who owns a Nest camera said someone broke into his wife’s car last summer. He said his Nest camera caught the incident and he shared the video with police.
“We have it for our own safety and hopefully the safety of others,” Michael said. “They’re not asking for your password. They’re asking for a clip.”
Elizabeth Leppek said she previously owned an Arlo camera that captured the moment her front porch caught fire. She said the footage helped firefighters and fire officials now use the clip for training purposes.
Leppek recently purchased a Ring doorbell camera and said she believes the cameras can make a difference to helping keep families safe.
“Hopefully you’ll never have to use any of that footage, but if you do, it’s invaluable, not only to you, but our first-responders,” said Leppek.
“They (officers) don’t have super powers, they’re human,” Michael said. “They can’t see everything, but our cameras can.”
To give you some perspective, USA Today shared a report published in August in regards to the doorbell cameras. The report indicates that more than 400 police forces across the country have partnered with the Ring doorbell company to solve crimes.
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