Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Here's an Idea for Chief Flynn

Probably not too expensive, either.

PEORIA, Ill. -- This industrial city, hard hit by the recession, has found a new, low-budget way to fight crime: Park an unmanned, former Brink's truck bristling with video cameras in front of the dwellings of troublemakers.

Police here call it the Armadillo. They say it has restored quiet to some formerly rowdy streets. Neighbors' calls for help have dropped sharply. About half of the truck's targets have fled the neighborhood.

"The truck is meant to be obnoxious and to cause shame," says Peoria Police Chief Steven Settingsgaard.

The Armadillo has helped alleviate problems like drug dealing that can make neighborhoods unlivable.

You probably don't even have to have OPERATING videocams...

HT: Lott


Headless Blogger said...

Can we leave the gun ports operational?

Anonymous said...

Coincidentally, the Chief in the story is a retiree from the Milwaukee Police Department