Technology Helps Witnesses Assist Police in Robberies

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A big concern for Lincoln Police has been the rising number of robberies in the Capitol City.

Lincoln Police we're dispatched to over 200 robberies in 2013 alone, a trend that's continued to climb since 2011.

Now they're hoping that advancements in technology, like smartphones with cameras, can help officers who are on the scene of the crime see pictures or video taken by witnesses.

Hopefully serving as leads just after police have arrived.

"At a computer, in a substation, headquarters, in their Patrol Car or simply standing on the street with their smart phone. The ability to access that information quickly helps us tremendously," said Lincoln Public Safety Director Tom Casady.

Police say new camera technology allows owners to zoom in and get a more clear picture of the suspect and in some cases even provide audio from the robbery.