New cameras are already reporting for Latrobe | Local News
New surveillance cameras in downtown Latrobe are already helping police solve crimes.
Latrobe City Police Chief John Sleasman told council Monday night that the cameras had only been in use for more than a week and had already been involved in the investigation of two serious hit-and-run crashes , the theft of a motorcycle and the arrest of an individual damaging parking meters and crosswalk buttons in the city center.
Sleasman said the man was seen on video squirting toothpaste into the parking meter and crosswalk mechanisms for an unknown reason.
“It may seem insignificant, but it’s going to be a huge bill,” Sleasman said.
The crime caused over $6,000 in damage to city property.
“So without the new camera system, it would be hit or miss whether or not we could fix any of these issues,” Sleasman said. “With the new camera system it was easy – not to mention that we save these videos and it will make our work in court much easier. Just show the video.
“They are phenomenal.”
The camera installation was approved by council earlier this year, funded by a partnership between the city, the school district, Greater Latrobe Parks and Recreation, the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program and the Latrobe Foundation.
Local leaders have agreed that having a safer downtown and park system is a priority for Latrobe.
“Having a safe downtown area naturally attracts strong families and businesses to our area and helps move forward with much greater ease,” commented Jarod Trunzo, executive director of the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program as the cameras rolled. approved. And the cameras are certainly already having a positive impact on crime in Latrobe, according to Sleasman.
Additionally, Sleasman also wanted to inform council of a new program that will allow residents to replace hard-to-read license plates at no cost.
The police department is partnering with Buchanan Tag Service for a special event from 9 a.m. to noon on April 9 at the Latrobe Municipal Building.
Motorists can bring their vehicle to the building, along with their driver’s license and registration documents, and begin the replacement process.
On site, an agent will determine if the plate is illegible and, if so, Buchanan employees will assist drivers in completing the appropriate paperwork. There will be no charge for the replacement. Once PennDOT receives the proper documentation, the new plate will be mailed to the driver within two weeks.
Additionally, Sleasman said at the same time and day, the police department will also be holding a drug take-back event. Residents can bring any unused or expired medication from home and an agent will be there to pick it up. No liquids, needles or creams can be accepted. Prescription labels do not need to be removed.