Officials say street surveillance cameras have helped curb crimes in north St. Louis - KMOV.com

Officials say street surveillance cameras have helped curb crimes in north St. Louis

ST. LOUIS(KMOV) – The city of St. Louis has been installing several surveillance cameras in north St. Louis to help reduce the amount of crime.

Officials said the city’s 21st Ward spent $600,000 on two dozen security cameras over the last 18 months.

What these cameras provide is a witness we’ve never been able to have before,” said St. Louis Alderman Antonio French. “An unanimated open eyes 24 hours a day that records.”

The politicians who implemented the cameras are big advocate. But a group of north residents say those cameras will not do a thing to deter crime in this area.

“The cameras aren’t going to do nothing but watch somebody,” said Gilbert Vasser. “Because at the end of the day is there going to be a police officer standing by the camera? No.”

But French says the cameras are quite effective.

“With these cameras and with some other crime-fighting techniques we’ve used, we dropped homicides by 80 percent in one year,” he said.

Vasser and his friends all agree crime and gun violence in their neighborhood is a problem.

They just have different ideas that are more proactive than reactive.

“Why we need cameras?” he asked. “Why don’t you invest in something that’s going to prosper for us? Ya’ll trying to lessen the crime rate in the community, open up a community center or something.”

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