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.
"Not only 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.