Local man videotapes suspicious activity in his neighborhood, police reacts

Posted at: 07/18/2013 5:49 PM
Updated at: 07/18/2013 7:18 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

What do you do if you are fed up with crime in your area? A lot of people call the police to report it, but one local man took it to a different level.

After years of frustration and calls to police, he decided to let his video cameras do the reporting. What he captured may now help investigators.
The man showed us shocking video of suspicious activity near his home. We blurred the faces of all of the people in the video because none of them have been charged with a crime that we know of.

Charles Kent isn't afraid to let you know he is watching. He says, after years of suspicious activity near his home, he was fed up. He decided to put cameras around his home.  

Kent said, “I got to do something. I'm out numbered. Doing this is being proactive.”

One of the incidents he showed us shows a pregnant woman approaching several young teens. They have items in their hands and they smell the items several times. Also in the video, the teens are seen going in and out of a home.

Kent says he's contacted elected officials about the problem, but he's heard nothing back.

Kent said, “They don't seem to care because it is not happening where they live.”

So News10NBC took his video to Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard. He said the video is suspicious, enough to investigate it further.

Chief Sheppard said, “I think the fact that he's concerned about his neighborhood, it's probably a scenario that he probably has to sit there and watch it on a daily basis. For him to take the initiative to video tape it, I applaud it.”

News10NBC's Joangel Concepcion said, “Do you think this is a way for people to be more proactive?”

Chief Sheppard said, “I don't think that he's taking it to the extent that he's a neighborhood watch guy and he's going out there with a gun. He's not confronting people, basically what he's doing is collecting evidence that he can presented to the Rochester Police Department and I applaud that.”

Police say, if you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, you are asked to call 911 or 311 for non emergencies. The chief says, even though officers have already come by, multiple calls let police know it's a repetitive problem.

There's also an app for your phone that makes it easy to report crime. To download it, click here.

If someone wants to submit a video anonymously, the best way is to burn a copy and send it to:
Public Safety Building  Attn: Drug Tip
185 Exchange Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14614