VANCOUVER, Wash. – Steve Daniels was fed up with crime in his neighborhood after burglars stole jewelry, credit cards and other belongings from his office in the middle of the day.
“We’re gonna get ‘em. If police are overstretched and they can’t do it, we’re going to catch them,” said Daniels.
Daniels and his neighbors along Northwest 24th Avenue are adding extra eyes to help spot suspicious activity and crime on their block. They decided to mount 24-hour web cameras along the street.
The cameras record video when they detect motion. Daniels said the cameras caught suspicious cars casing the area and a potential car prowler in the last week.
Across the street from Daniels, Jason Neuman set up cameras that stream live to his laptop and smart phone.
“I want to take more of a proactive approach to monitoring the neighborhood,” said Neuman.
“We’re watching everything that goes on this street,” Daniels said. “We’re taking this really serious. We’re letting people know we’re not just gonna sit here and let you terrorize us.”
On Friday, Vancouver resident Garrett Williams called 9-1-1 after he spotted two people checking out his neighbor’s home in Hazel Dell.
“It looked like they were staking out the place, kind of checking out the different cars that were in the area,” said Williams.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 20-year-old man and a teenager after a chase.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says if you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood you can call their anonymous tip line at 877-274-6311.