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WDKX.com » Blog » No New Surveillance Cams For Rochester (This Year)
May 14th 2013 6:33 am
No New Surveillance Cams For Rochester (This Year)
by News


Rochester, N.Y.--Over the past 18 years, Sallie Willingham has witnessed break-ins, heard shootings, among other crimes at the intersection of Broad and Smith Streets.

Thanks in part to a surveillance camera placed above the intersection, she feels as though the neighborhood has gotten safer.

"I would like to see more cameras here," explained Willingham. "I think it would prevent a lot of things."

But for the second straight year there are no plans to purchase additional cameras, according to Gary Walker, spokesman for Mayor Tom Richards. It isn't because city leadership does not want to expand the program, but because of the expense that could come with doing so, according to Walker.

There are roughly 403 cameras across city neighborhoods and facilities.

Upgrading the system would come at a great expense and with a system that is not fully integrated, the plan is to find a way to link the cameras so police can more easily monitor them, before adding more.

"I'm not upset that they may not be able to add more cameras," said Scott Benjamin, President of Charles Settlement House, an agency that provides neighborhood services in the Jay Street area.

There is an effort underway to improve the function of the city's cameras, but it is unclear when the city will again be ready to spend to add more.

Source Wham13