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Oxford Police Hope Better Surveillance Equipment Helps Curb Crime

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OXFORD, N.C. — Most area shopping centers are busy places these days, but in Oxford, business is not the only thing that is up. The crime rate is also up, but authorities hope a high-tech crime-fighting tool will help them solve some of the crimes.

The robbery of a Fidelity Bank last week is the talk of the town. Authorities say the thief robbed the bank, ran away and hitched a ride on Interstate 85.

That incident, along with other crimes, was caught on videotape by security cameras. By using the surveillance tape, Sgt. Mark Blair, of the Oxford Police Department, uses the department's computer analyzer to get a clearer picture of each criminal and the crime.

Officers say their new computer system has helped them arrest plenty of thieves and they expect to nab plenty more.

Oxford's criminal investigators say the improved video cameras pay for themselves because they cut down the crime rate.


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