New surveillance cameras going up in South City to combat crime -

New surveillance cameras going up in South City to combat crime

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By Ruella Rouf By Ruella Rouf

ST. LOUIS ( -- Cameras are going up this week in the Fox Park neighborhood of south St. Louis with the goal of preventing and solving crimes.

“There has been an uptick in robberies, people who are held at gunpoint,” said 6th Ward Alderman Christine Ingrassia.

Four cameras are going up in Fox Park, two cameras will be stationary, the other two will have tilt and zoom capabilities. Ingrassia says the cameras could have been helpful last week when a car opened up fire on a group of teens walking from the park. Two of the teenagers were hit.

“If that car meeting that description would have been in the area, cameras could have caught that, absolutely,” said Ingrassia.

The cameras will not be monitored 24/7 but will be triggered when there’s a call for a crime in or near the park.

Last month, the ACLU said stronger regulations are needed when using cameras like requiring probable cause before accessing camera footage. The group is focused on protecting people’s privacy. However, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says cameras are helpful and do not violate privacy.

“When you are walking down the street you don't have an expectation of privacy under the law,” said Joyce. “It's a public space. It is not an invasion of privacy.”

At St. Louis City Hall, officials continue conversations about creating a “Real-time Intelligence Center”. Voters would have to pass a measure to fund such a center.

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