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Surveillance cameras to watch Rochester streets

AP | October 26 2006

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Rochester is following the lead of New York City and Chicago in installing bullet-proof security cameras in high-crime areas.

The city wants to have 30 high-tech cameras in place by early next year.

A 250-thousand dollar state grant from Assemblywoman Susan John will fund 10 of the 25-thousand dollar cameras. The city has half-a-million dollars budgeted to buy 20 more.

Police Chief David Moore says the cameras won't replace vigilant neighbors or cops on the beat, but they're an important tool. And Mayor Bob Duffy said the city will set up real-time monitoring of the security cameras so officers can respond immediately if trouble is spotted.

The cameras can be moved around as high-crime areas change. Duffy said the city will use its new public safety research department to figure out where they can best be used.

Police say Chicago has seen drug trafficking drop by 76 percent on corners with the cameras, and serious crime in monitored neighborhoods has dropped by 17 percent.

Duffy says Rochester is out to stop corner drug dealing and prostitution.

(Bud Lowell, WXXI, Rochester)

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