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Missoula authorities use surveillance footage to solve crimes

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Apr 17 2013 07:18:43 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 17 2013 07:22:13 PM MDT
Missoula authorities use surveillance footage to solve crimes

As investigators look to footage and photos to investigate the bombings in Boston, NBC Montana caught up with local authorities to discuss how they are able to utilize video taken from surveillance cameras to help put criminals behind bars. Investigators say they encourage businesses to invest in a good surveillance system, and to put cameras at different angles to get the best view.

Once investigators have an image, they can use software to clean it up if its grainy. When the image is put out in the public, community members can call authorities with the ID of a person, or even just smaller clues like what markings on a baseball cap might mean.

“I’m thinking back in one case, they put out surveillance video from a local convenience store theft. Within ten minutes we had a call from Crimestoppers,” said Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Detective Jason Johnson.

Investigators encourage businesses to place cameras in a way that can capture line-of-sight views of suspects.