New Surveillance Cameras in Oakland

District Attorney says Cameras a Deterrent to Crime

Joe DeStio
August 28, 2018 - 2:46 pm
 The murder last year of University of Pittsburgh student Alina Sheykhet has prompted Pitt, UPMC, and the District Attorney’s office to erect 60 new surveillance cameras in Oakland.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The murder last year of University of Pittsburgh student Alina Sheykhet has prompted Pitt, UPMC, and the District Attorney’s office to erect 60 new surveillance cameras in Oakland. Six of the new cameras have license plate recognition software, according to D.A. Stephen Zappala.

“We’re doing this today publicly because I want this to be a deterrent to somebody getting hurt. I don’t want to react to anything more tragic, if we don’t have to, said Zappala.

The cost for the cameras is $95,000. UPMC paid $65,000, Pitt $15,000, The D.A.’s office $15,000.

Zappala says 70 percent of all crime in Oakland happens in the residential areas of central and south Oakland where the bulk of the new cameras are located. He says a similar camera network on the South Side help reduce crime 37 to 40 percent over the first quarter of this year compared to 2017.

“You got to be crazy to commit a crime in an area where you’re going to be seen cause you know you are going to get caught,” said Zappala.

Sheykhet was bludgeoned to death in her Cable Place apartment. He ex-boyfriend is charged with murder. Zappala says a pizza shop camera lead police to the murder weapons which were seen being dropped down a storm sewer grate.

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