FREMONT (KPIX 5) – A series of burglaries in Fremont neighborhoods led residents to put up their own high-definition surveillance cameras, which the police have now begun using to fight crime.

The Fremont Police Department wants residents to register their cameras with the department so officers know where crimes are occurring.

After a series of break-ins in Fremont’s Scott Creek neighborhood, neighbors met and decided to pitch in to buy two cameras. Other neighbors installed their own personal cameras.

A total of 25 cameras spot everything and everyone coming in and out of the neighborhood.

Police can use the surveillance video instantly – by snapping a photo on their smartphone and sending to other cops immediately.

Resident Ron Douglas said there hasn’t been a single daytime break-in since the cameras went up. “We have got one camera pointed straight down each street and they are high-def high-res cameras.”

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