HIT & RUN CAUGHT ON CAMERA: How cameras help investigators, insurance claims

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(3/14/19)— Stunning surveillance footage captures the moment when a white pick-up truck backed into a tax business early this morning.

The alleged suspect behind the wheel–42-year-old Manuel DeJesus Luna of Gonzalez.
 It happened at 1612 Winnsboro Road in Monroe.

Luckily, another local business had the right equipment to capture the crime.

  “Surveillance cameras and video equipment is a lot more affordable than what it use to be. It’s a very important and invaluable tool for law enforcement,” said Glenn Springfield, PIO with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Springfield says having businesses with proper surveillance helps law enforcement tremendously.

  “What this does is greatly enhance the possibility of being able to solve that crime because you have good, recorded physical descriptions of who’s involved,” said Springfield.

 Having the proper surveillance doesn’t just help with crime. It’s also extremely important for insurance claims, especially in a situation like this.

  “Our first concern is we will take care of the policy holder from that standpoint, no matter what. and what that will do is,” said Derek Kennedy, owner of Kennedy Insurance Agency “that will allow the insurance company to subrogate against the owner of the vehicle and recover our damages,”

Kennedy says installing surveillance cameras at home is just as important.

  “Surveillance has become more and more important also where home owners are concerned, unfortunately, we’re in times where people have to protect everything they have on a daily basis,” said Kennedy.

It’s a crime that was solved just as quickly as it happened, thanks to the eye in the sky.

DeJesus bonded out earlier today.

Springfield also says having surveillance is important because recorded incidents can be easily spread on social media.

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