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      Intricate camera network catching crimes across the capital city

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Carey Shealy owns Columbia's statewide security systems and is the architect of an intricate camera network catching crimes across the capital city.

      Tuesday Shealy improving that system, numbering the cameras so police and the community can easily communicate which lens may have caught a crime.

      "When we get a call at two or three in the morning about a particular crime, the officer can immediately go look camera box eight should have all we need or you might wanna go to eight and ten camera box, so it's going to help be much more efficient and effective," said Shealy.

      Shealy installed his first street level cameras in the summer 2009, after a rash of crime in Columbia's Five Points .

      Since than Shealy has set up units all over Columbia and has a working relationship with the city's police department.

      The camera system allows a technician to show investigators what the camera captured near the scene of a potential crime.

      "We've pretty much helped out with murders, attempted murders, shootings, stabbings, you name it... We've pretty much been involved in everything, but again it takes a lot of cameras to catch a lot of these things were talking about.

      You can't just put two or three cameras and expect to get results." adds Shealy.

      "They say a picture's worth a thousand words, you can only imagine what video does," said interim Chief Ruben Santiago.

      Santiago points out cameras can play a vital role in solving crimes.

      The most recent incident caught on tape was a Five Points shooting that left USC student Martha Childress paralyzed.

      The Columbia Police department tells WACH Fox the ability to review video from surveillance cameras at crime scenes is extremely valuable.

      The video is close to real time and can be reviewed within minutes of officers arriving on the scene.

      Police can devote time, skills and resources at the scene to gather additional information, while investigators can review the video to gather details on possible suspects or witnesses.

      "We've just found a certain need, this is what we do very well, very effectively is respond to a crime request and analyze it and provide video evidence to help prosecute the criminals," concludes Shealy.