Memphis' Crime Crisis

10 years. $10M. 2,100 SkyCop cameras. And a crime increase of 57%

By  and , Daily Memphian Updated: November 22, 2021 12:54 PM CT | Published: November 18, 2021 2:00 PM CT

SkyCop cameras have cost Memphis more than $10 million since 2010, but a Daily Memphian analysis shows the city experienced more crime with a vast camera system than without it, and cameras rarely help criminal investigations.


SkyCop Memphis Police Department crime
Matt Stroud

Matt Stroud

Matt Stroud, a former correspondent for Bloomberg News and The Associated Press, is an investigative reporter with The Daily Memphian. He is the author of “Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing,” and the creator of the six-part podcast, “Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment.”

Aidian Holder

Aidian Holder

Aidian Holder is on The Daily Memphian investigative team as a data journalist. A graduate from University of Missouri, Holder spent a decade in television news as a news producer before joining the Yakima Herald-Republic in 2015. At Yakima, he was a digital producer and then the digital media manager, where he helped lead the digital transition of the newsroom. 


Want to comment on our stories? Or read the comments of others? Join the conversation by subscribing now. Only subscribers can view or add comments. Our commenting policy can be viewed here