Police "Armadillos" need protection

By Alyssa Donovan

January 7, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill-- The Peoria Police Department is looking for a way to protect some of its surveillance equipment.

The nuisance abatement vehicles or "armadillos" are used to keep an eye on crime but have recently become victims themselves.

The Armadillos are parked in neighborhoods to help reduce crime, but they are not always a welcomed presence.

The vehicles' surveillance videos have caught people climbing on the vehicles and attempting to damage them.

Now, a proposed ordinance could make it possible to prosecute those who vandalize the vehicles.

City of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said, "They may have tried to break windows or cameras or things like that that are on the armadillos. Which is really kind of silly, because we actually have cameras that record them doing it so they're not going to have much defense. This is just going to give us some teeth to enforce anyone that would try to damage it."

The Peoria City Council will vote on the proposed ordinance on Tuesday.

If passed, the penalty for harming the armadillos would be a $200 fine.

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