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The assessor's office has hired a company to take new photos of all 50,000 or so homes in the county. The assessor's office has hired a company to take new photos of all 50,000 or so homes in the county.

If you live in Vanderburgh County and you see someone snapping a photo of your house, don't be alarmed. It's probably just the assessor's office. 

The photos will probably be taken around March 1 all over the county. 

The updated pictures are meant to help quite a few different groups of people who use the assessor's website, but they could even mean the difference between life and death.

At Central Dispatch, every second counts when there's an emergency in Vanderburgh County. 

"Anything that can help us deploy public safety officers to a scene more quickly is important to us," dispatch supervisor, Susie Craig said. 

That's why Craig is looking forward to the new project being tackled by Vanderburgh County Assessor Bill Fluty.

His office has hired a company to take new photos of all 50,000 or so homes in the county.

"I believe they'll have a van. It'll be well-marked. We'll try to get out some information saying we'll be in this area," Fluty said. "They'll go out, they'll take a stop-and-shoot of the best angle of their home."

Right now some photos on the assessor's website are out of date or not there at all. Around Central Dispatch, that's not ideal.

"If we could pull up a picture of the house, we can describe to the officers in the field what the house looks like so they could more easily identify it and get to it more quickly," Craig said.

Fluty said the picture-taking process should take about four months. In addition to helping appraisers, bankers, and insurance carriers, Craig said the updated photos could do much more.

"It could save lives. It really could," Craig told 14 News.

For anyone maybe concerned about privacy, the assessor tells 14 News pictures will be taken from the street, not from your property. He said if you or your kids are outside, maybe in the yard when the photographer comes by,they'll come back later to take the pictures.

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