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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In an effort to deter crime and gun violence in Philadelphia, one group is distributing cameras to businesses and residents.

This is a two-way street. The cameras help residents and business owners feel safe and also help police tackle crime.

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Extra pairs of eyes on the streets of West Philadelphia.

Jabari Jones is the president of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative. He is helping businesses and residents get home surveillance cameras in hopes to stop the gun violence and crime plaguing the area.

“We have seen people of all walks of life become victims of gun violence — from seniors to kids to infants,” Jones said.

Jones works with police to find high-crime areas and they select addresses and install them.

“The cameras act as a natural deterrent because when people see there is a camera there they think twice about doing something in that particular area,” Jones said.

He says this project — funded by a state grant — all started following a shooting back in July of 2021 where police say more than 100 shots were fired during a 4th of July cookout. Two people were killed, including a 23-year-old store owner.

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“It took the city five months to find those individuals even though they were caught in six different cameras because the cameras were of such low quality,” Jones said.

Now the cameras are crystal clear and have high-grade razor-sharp images.

“The cameras are so clear even at night you get to see everything,” Kevyn Michael said.

Michael, who owns Kevyn Michael Boutique, can access the footage on his smartphone. He says the cameras make him feel safe.

“I believe when criminals know they are being filmed then maybe there will be less crime,” Michael said.

Residents who have them say they feel more protected too.

“I think that it’s a very good process and I would like to see it take place in other areas,” Marilyn White said.

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They are looking for more funding to continue this project when the grant money runs out.

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Lions Offseason Receives Amazing Final Grade From Pro Football Focus

Getty Brad Holmes speaking during the 2022 NFL combine.

The Detroit Lions have been hard at work the last few months trying to re-shape the image of their franchise ahead of 2022, and it seems as if their hard work has paid off in a big way.

All of a sudden, the Lions are looking like a franchise that has begun to turn over a new leaf, and that’s being reflected in some of the praise that is being generated after Detroit’s offseason has come into more complete focus.

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Recently, Pro Football Focus and writer Sam Monson took a look at grading every team’s offseason. Interestingly enough, the Lions received one of the highest grades of anyone in the NFL. They took home an A- from the site for their work so far in 2022, and the site had Detroit with an “above average” offseason to go with an A+ in the draft. That all adds up to a very elite mark for Brad Holmes and company.

The only reservation Monson had was Detroit not chasing a quarterback, however, as he wrote, “in the multi-year rebuild project they have undertaken, there’s no guarantee that was ever planned at this stage, as it could have always been planned to come in Year 3 when everything else is already in place.”

Otherwise, Monson liked Detroit’s move to add wideouts DJ Chark and Jameson Williams to the offense along with potential defensive cornerstone Aidan Hutchinson. Add it up and it’s a big mark for Detroit this offseason, which needed one off a tough 3-13-1 finish last year.

As a whole, this is good news for the Lions as it relates to their future and could set the team up to do some damage in the future if everything pans out.

Lions’ 2022 Offseason Recap

Detroit’s work started early, and it began with re-signing multiple in-house free agents. Before free agency got going and reached its fever pitch, the Lions had brought back names like wideouts Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds, safety Tracy Walker, defensive lineman Charles Harris and linebacker Alex Anzalone. In terms of outside spending, Detroit didn’t do much, adding wideout DJ Chark to the offense and linebackers Chris Board and Jarrad Davis, safety DeShon Elliott and cornerback Mike Hughes. All are underrated players who could fly under-the-radar for the Lions in 2022.

When the draft came around, the Lions stuck with the plan as well. They landed strong Aidan Hutchinson from Michigan in a stroke of luck, who will be a slam-dunk fit for the defense. After that, the Lions traded up for wideout Jameson Williams, who should add a dynamic element to their offense. Day two brought the team some more defensive help with gritty and classy Josh Paschal. Super athletic safety Kirby Joseph closed out the day in round three, and should contend for a role quickly in the Motor City on a needy defense. During day three, the Lions added James Mitchell, a tight end from Virginia Tech, Malcolm Rodriguez, an Oklahoma State linebacker and James Houston, a Jackson State linebacker. Chase Lucas, a cornerback from Arizona State, was the team’s final selection.

As a whole, this offseason seemed to address plenty of needs for the Lions in a very strong way. To that end, it’s not a surprise to see the work of Brad Holmes placing high in the analytical mind of PFF.

Detroit’s Approach Changing Minds Within National Media

Seeing the smart approach from the Lions has made believers of plenty nationally. While the Lions didn’t add a primetime game to their 2022 schedule and haven’t seen a ton of hype surround them in a new season, there’s a notion that the team is getting set to turn over a new leaf and start to do some winning. PFF has been far from the only cite to give Detroit a shout-out for what they have done so far. ESPN’s Mina Kimes recently praised the Lions’ direction, and former general manager Mike Tannenbaum loved their draft class.

Obviously, the more work Detroit does and the better it begins to pay off on the field, the more they could look like a team to contend with in the future. After the 2022 offseason, some may say that’s about to happen very quickly.

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