By Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Businesses across Flint plan to help police combat crime by giving them a glimpse into what is happening there in real time.

Lt. Todd Pillsbury told MLive ( ) that Project C.A.T.T. Eye, which was named after the department’s crime area target team, is modeled after a Detroit project that helped with a 50 percent drop in crime at businesses.

Business owners who agree to form part of the program will pay $990 for Sonitrol to install four cameras, along with signs and a green beacon. Businesses will then pay $90 a month to give Sonitrol and police mobile and web access to the establishments.

Pillsbury said the department has a pilot program of five businesses to start in March, with 50 more businesses waiting to join.

Mike Buckel, vice president of Sonitrol Great Lakes, said a Jimmy John’s restaurant will be the first business in the area to launch the project.

“Every business in Flint has cameras, but you don’t have the same platform,” he said. “We got a commitment from a supplier to give us a good deal and the selling point is it’s all on the same platform. Nowadays, the first thing that police do is go talk to all of the businesses to see who has cameras.”

The project was started though the Flint Sprint initiative, The effort stemmed from the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Summit last summer in which Michigan business leaders came to Flint to help the community recover from the Flint water crisis.

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