Video door­bells would help curb vi­o­lence

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

Chicago has ex­pe­ri­enced an un­ac­cept­able surge in vi­o­lence over the last month and a rise in shoot­ings each month of 2020. Last week, the al­leged driver of the ve­hi­cle used in the shoot­ing of a 7-year-old was cap­tured due to a video from a home.

Why can’t the city, with cor­po­rate sup­port, of­fer to in­stall the pop­u­lar Ring Door­bells on ev­ery house in com­mu­ni­ties where there is a high rate of vi­o­lence, while the city and state can push for free in­ter­net ser­vice to op­er­ate them?

I believe home­own­ers would gladly wel­come the Ring Door­bell to pro­vide more pro­tec­tion for their homes. Po­lice would have added sur­veil­lance to help catch crim­i­nal be­hav­ior. At a time when we are see­ing ba­bies killed be­fore our eyes, I believe we must be will­ing to think out­side the box and try new and in­no­va­tive ap­proaches against vi­o­lence.

Know­ing that Ring Door­bells are on ev­ery home in a neigh­bor­hood would not only be a de­ter­rent to crime but would help solve crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in places where res­i­dents are afraid to speak up.

Rev. Michael L. Pfleger, se­nior pas­tor, The Faith Com­mu­nity of Saint Sabina

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