Is Big Brother watching? Downtown camera surveillance in effect -

Is Big Brother watching? Downtown camera surveillance in effect

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

(KMOV) -- St. Louis police are considering installing cameras to keep watch on a north St. Louis neighborhood. While as many as 12 cameras are months away from being installed, many St. Louis area residents might be surprised to find out that there are parts of the city where cameras are already watching.

Downtown along the riverfront and all through Laclede's Landing, cameras are up and keeping an eye on daily happenings. On Tuesday, technicians were working out the glitches, and they're now keeping an eye on anything and everything that happens in that area.

A tourist from Texas said he didn't mind that someone was watchingm but a St. Louis native was bothered by the "big brother-like" privacy breech.

Downtown business owners carried part of the cost of the $400,000 project in which the St. Louis POrt Authority put up the 31 cameras for police to keep an eye out for crime.

"We've tapped into those cameras and a feed is going back to our communications division, and then through the downtown partnership we have people monitoring the cameras," said Police Chief Dan Isom.

It's a setup that police seem to use in other parts of the city. It's a constant eye keeping watch in more places whether residents and criminals know about it or not.


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