Ledwell said he sees three main benefits: 1. Deterrence, as some may choose not to commit crimes in areas with cameras; 2. Investigation, allowing police to go back and examine footage after a crime as occurred; and, 3. Real-time viewing, in which a live feed would be monitored and could greatly improve response time. “It’s not just reactive, it’s going to become proactive,” Chiavacci, chairman of Westminster’s Public Safety Committee, told us.