Saratoga City Council approves surveillance cameras, Troy to vote soon
TROY, N.Y. – A proposal
for surveillance cameras was approved by Saratoga's City Council Monday, and
now a similar proposal is up before the Troy City Council.
City leaders in Saratoga Springs approved a plan to install surveillance
cameras on and around Caroline Street.
The idea was originally proposed in 2011, but recent violent attacks in the
area combined with enough money in the city's budget prompted leaders to look
at the plan again.
The council voted unanimously to sign an agreement with DSS to bring in the
cameras. The project will cost $53,931.12 and it will be deducted from the
city's capital budget. It will be 6 cameras – they originally wanted 10
cameras, but there may be more added in the future. They will also get
insurance credit for these cameras.
The cameras would serve a
dual purpose, not only providing help to law enforcement when crimes are
committed, but to also deter those that would commit crimes.
Troy's Public Safety Chair,
Nina Nichols says she sat in on numerous neighborhood meetings and saw a need.
"Community police officers
talked to us about how if they stood in the park for an hour or more, nothing
would happen and if they would leave, within five minutes, people would be back
using behavior that was not appropriate," said Nichols.
Nichols has the support of
the Troy Police Department; Captain John Cooney says they have already picked a
few key spots to place the cameras, based on analysis of crime statistics.
A total of nine cameras are
being proposed to Troy's City Council, and they would be placed in downtown
blocks between Ferry and Fulton streets and Third and Fourth streets.
will it help us track down the bad guys so to speak, if a crime occurs, but the
presence of those cameras hopefully will cause people to think twice before
committing a crime," said Cooney.
Cooney says from his
perspective, there is no downside to having the cameras there and hopes if it
is successful, the program could expand.
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