City Installing More Downtown Security Cameras

August 6, 2011 | Blog

The city of Indianapolis is working on installing additional security cameras around the downtown area in an effort to provide more security.

According to reports, the cameras are due to be fully functioning in time for the Super Bowl scheduled for February of 2012, but will help with crime long after the Super Bowl is in town.

Indianapolis already has 68 cameras installed and at least 12 more planned. The first of the cameras have already begun appearing in various downtown areas.

Law officials said the cameras help in enforcing the law and keeping peace within the city. Everything that is recorded on them can be seen in real time at a central command center and, when necessary, police and emergency crews can be dispatched to a scene when something occurs.

In December 2010, cameras captured a shooting in progress when police officers were already responding. What is recorded can be used to prosecute those responsible in cases of an accident or criminal activity.

Federal grants have funded the new cameras, but Indianapolis will be responsible for maintaining them. Each camera costs between $3,000 and $5,000.

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