|By Paula King, Contra Costa Times|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
After installing a neighborhood video surveillance system in spring 2013, the
"They would come in waves, with three in a few days consecutively," he said. "Regardless of what we tried, we kept getting hit with these burglaries. We needed something to raise the risk level to the bad guys of coming in here."
Noting Sterling Preserve's success in thwarting crime, other Brentwood neighborhoods are now in the process of acquiring similar video surveillance systems. Hinchcliff said each household donated
"This isn't about catching people in the act. It is about being a deterrent," Hinchcliff said.
Hinchcliff's efforts have inspired Brentwood resident
"It makes a huge difference. They (criminals) will go somewhere else that is easier to hit," she said. "You have to be vigilant. Criminals are everywhere. They are going to take advantage."
Wheaton moved out of Antioch because of increasing crime, and she wants her high-end Brentwood neighborhood to stay safe. She even has her own home surveillance system, which has helped halt vehicle break-ins in the area.
"It is not much money. It is a one-time fee," Wheaton said of the
Hinchcliff has presented information about how to get the cameras up and running to nine other Brentwood neighborhoods, including
Hinchcliff said the video cameras are a much cheaper solution than gated entrances or other alternatives that were explored. He added said that ongoing proactiveness will keep crime rates low in all Brentwood neighborhoods, and his next goal is for Brentwood to become a surveillance city that can use video with criminal databases to track criminals as they enter the city.
"I moved to Brentwood to have a beautiful neighborhood and I saw this trend happening," Hinchcliff said.
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