Technology used in hopes of cutting crime

A Mid-South business owner says he is tired of the crime, so he decided to take back his neighborhood by catching the criminals on camera.

He has got cameras rolling 24/7. He has got the videotape to prove it, too. And he has gear that could become a valuable tool citywide.

The night time video is almost clear as day.

One man waits inside a getaway car as another attempts to break into a blue Buick, until an alarm scares them away.

Tony Randall set off the alarm. He lives and works on Broad Avenue.

His car window is busted, but his car is still here.

He wired his house with two cameras and several live-feed monitors.

At one o'clock in the morning, he caught crime in action.

"I want these guys caught if at all possible. I don't see any other way to do it than to flash their picture all over town," Randall said.

Randall set up his cameras three years ago.

Now Memphis Police are asking business owners just like him to register their surveillance equipment.

Unveiled in April, the Real Time Crime Center is wired to hundreds of cameras all over the city. Investigators would like to know the location of private cameras, so they could quickly locate and potentially review private surveillance video, too.

Randall said he will consider registering equipment he considers invaluable.

"Otherwise you just come out here and find broken glass and wonder what happened. Scratch your head and wonder what happened. At least I know what happened," Randall said.

He hopes its mere presence might stop crime on his street day and night.

Memphis Police ask those who'd like to register surveillance equipment to give them a call or log onto their web site.

Click here to e-mail Nick Kenney.