U. City officials mull decision to add more surveillance cams on Delmar Loop

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 10 at 6:33 PM

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- University City officials could vote Monday night to add four more surveillance cameras to watch over visitors to the Delmar Loop.

Six cameras are already in place. That first group went up back in August and has been a big hit with businesses along the popular stretch of shops and restaurants. The high resolution cameras have the ability to clearly capture license plates.

The proposed increase in cameras follows a vote by the city council to add four additional police officers. Both came in response to a recent increase in violent crime.

Destinee Clemons, 17, was killed during a drive-by shooting back in June. Police have since arrested and charged two suspects in that case.

In November, a woman and her 23-year-old son were gunned down in broad daylight. Police say the investigation is ongoing, but progress is being made.

A proposal by University City Mayor Shelly Welsch, to create a crime task force was voted down, but will come up for discussion again at Monday night’s meeting.

News 4’s Russell Kinsaul is talking with University City officials about the different ways the city is trying to stem the increase in violent crime.

Stay with KMOV.com for the latest updates on tonight's meeting.

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