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Technology non-profit works with KC neighborhoods to increase public safety

Posted at 6:01 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 07:59:09-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo — Connecting for Good is a nonprofit that helps people that have never had access to the internet improve their digital skills.

Using that experience, the organization is now working with neighborhoods like Kansas City, Missouri's Ivanhoe neighborhood to use technology for public safety by installing security cameras.

“It became a pretty clear mission for us to find ways to integrate what Ivanhoe has been about for a long time, and most recently, that's been helping the efforts Ivanhoe has been trying to put together around improving public safety, along with a lot of other high crime areas in the city,” Connecting for Good CEO, Tom Esselman said. 

Esselman says it’ll serve as a preventative measure.

“If you know you're in a neighborhood where things are being watched, you're less likely to commit a crime and that's ultimately what we're looking for,” Esselman said. “We just want to improve the sense of comfort and safety that we all need to make sure our families have everything at their disposal to thrive.”

Esselman says they've dubbed the program Cameras for Good, and it’s a partnership with various neighborhoods.

He says he hopes this program will help the community and police keep a closer eye on any criminal activity going on.

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