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So. Siders learn more about a neighborhood virtual block watch


South Side Community Council sponsored a follow-up block watch meeting on November 5 at Brashear Association with a focus on video surveillance.

Pittsburgh Police Officer Nathan Auvil told the group the 2600 block of Brownsville Road is currently under video surveillance as a result of the businesses on that block pulling their monies to purchase 12 cameras. As a result, crime stats are down.

He hoped South Side could be the first residential virtual block watch community since there are already a considerable number of cameras on residential properties and more residents requesting information about purchasing them.

Officer Auvil stated every house on the block does not need a camera. Instead, he suggested residents gather four to eight people on their block that might be interested in a virtual block watch and schedule a meeting with him and the installer with whom he has been working.

They will then evaluate the block for effective camera placement. If the residents on the block are interested, the officer and installer will again meet to go over logistics and pricing.

Officer Auvil pointed out the Pittsburgh Police do not have access to any video from the cameras. If some type of infraction is caught on camera and they were alerted to it, they would ask to review video.

If any area resident would like additional information about the virtual block watch program, they should contact Officer Auvil at


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