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Cell Phone Cameras Catch More Crime, Evidence Benefits Police

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A fight caught on video by Justin Stevens A fight caught on video by Justin Stevens

The growth of cell phone cameras has led to more crimes caught on video and police are benefiting.

Justin Stevens was out for a walk in the city of union Wednesday when he heard two women fighting.

"It was just out of the ordinary, two people about to fight and I just wanted to have it on record," Stevens said.

Police say that woman shot another woman in the leg.

Stevens ran for cover behind a tree, it isn't the first time he's used his phone to capture an unusual event.

"I catch a lot on video, especially when I'm traveling out of town."

Police have embraced amateur video of crime scenes. It helps investigations.

"A picture is worth a thousand words," Perry Haney with the Union County Sheriffs Office said.

Surveillance cameras have helped in the past but some criminals have found ways to beat them by concealing their identities.

Now surveillance has gone mobile.

A spokesman for the 7th Circuit Solicitor's office says prosecutors now routinely checks social media pages to see if there are any videos connected to a crime.

The evidence can be more credible than eyewitness testimony.

"They all see the same accident, they all have basically the same perspective, but everybody is going to notice something different," Haney said.

With video, a judge or jury can see the whole picture.

Police welcome video and photo submissions but warn people not to put themselves in jeopardy to capture the moment.


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