New Project NOLA Crime Camera Fee

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The agency that’s outfitting the city of New Orleans with high-definition crime-fighting cameras has hit a milestone.

Project NOLA has announced there are now more than 1000 cameras in Orleans Parish.

High demand amounts to higher costs for all newly installed cameras.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details and reaction from citizens.

So far Algiers Point is saturated with about one-hundred HD crime cameras. They’re located on homes and businesses; but not yet at Kirk Estopinal’s place.

“I would think that would be something my wife would probably want to do before I would,” Estopinal said.

No crime camera at Lee Melancon’s house either; but he’s aware of the benefit of having one, and he’s thinking about it.

“You know, camera this way, camera that way seems to help out. I’m very interested in how they are helping with the crime,” Melancon said.

After the Bourbon street shooting that injured several people and killed one woman last month, it was a Project NOLA crime camera that helped New Orleans police develop a person of interest.

The crime camera system is the largest network of high definition crime cameras in the country.

This week Project NOLA exceeded one-thousand cameras in Orleans Parish.

“It’s a good feeling,” Project NOLA Executive Director Bryan Lagarde said.

Lagarde says demand has been so high, going forward a monthly subscription fee will apply for all new cameras.

He says the $9.99 fee will help cover operation costs.

“We had the money set aside to bring us to 1000 cameras. Now that we’re going above 1000 cameras we’re going to need help covering our expenses and that’s what the $9.99 is for just a little bit for what we do,” Lagarde said.

We checked with Algiers neighbors who are considering cameras to see what they think about the monthly fee.

“Not a problem; $9 is not bad,” Melancon said.

“I mean, I think that’s fair. I believe you pay for services. The ferry now costs money. It’s unfortunate for some but you don’t get anything for free that’s just kind of how I feel about it,” Estopinal said.

Project NOLA will still utilize its corporate match donations which covers half of the cost of cameras.

The non-profit is hosting an art gala fundraiser Friday, July 25th from 6:30-10p.m. at Treo, located at 3835 Tulane Avenue.