Call for more police cams in Little Village

February 16, 2010 4:24:07 AM PST
Community activists are asking for more blue-light surveillance cameras following an armed robbery in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.

On Sunday, a young man walked into Zavala's grocery story and robbed the storeowner at gunpoint. There were many customers- including children- inside the store at the time.

"He just took out the gun and raised it and next thing you know kids were screaming in the store," said Raul Montes Jr., robbery victim.

"It is really too bad because we don't expect that someone will come in and point a gun and say give me all the money you got. Police say they robbed four or five stores already," said Salvador Zavala, robbery victim & store owner.

Zavala's store surveillance cameras caught the robbery- but the suspect is wearing a scarf and hood.

"With the footage from the store, hoping can help detectives," said Zavala.

Zavala and other Little Village residents want Alderman Ricardo Munoz, 22nd Ward, to get more police cameras placed around the Southwest Side neighborhood. They said one of the neighborhood's commercial streets, 26th Street, has no surveillance cameras for 29th blocks. They believe the additional cameras will help deter crime.

"It is my understanding he has $3.85 million. He is hoarding funds. He wants a new park. We don't need a new park. We need protection with surveillance cameras," said Zavala.

"You can't put a camera on every corner, yet everyone wants one. This is 236 residential blocks. We are focusing cameras around schools and parks to prevent crime rate where children congregate," said Ald. Munoz.

Ald. Munoz said the community needs to come together to rid the area of crime.