(KMOV) – More cameras are coming to the Central West End in an effort to contain crime.
While 16 cameras are currently in place, by this time next year the Central West End is expected to have roughly 90 additional security cameras and it’s possible that even more could be added to the system.
The Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative and the Washington University Medical Center are behind the program.
The high-def, color cameras will concentrate on major streets, alleys and sidewalks and video will be recorded 24/7 and kept in the system for about two weeks.
“We can move cameras from place to place, we can fix them to buildings, we can tie them into mobile vehicles,” said Daryl Andershock with the Neighborhood Security Initiative.
The NSI says overall crime has dropped 40 percent in the last five years. But many people were becoming wary after high-profile cases such as SLU graduate student Megan Boken’s murder last year.
The NSI also includes a neighborhood advocate who meets with businesses or residents who are crime victims and helps them through the courts system.
“We show up with residents and neighbors and business folks in the judge’s courtroom and we tell them how important this issue is to us and how crime impacts the Central West End,” said Jim Whyte.
Neighborhood officials say when the new cameras are in place about one-third of the Central West End will be covered. But there are also about 200 cameras at private condominiums, apartments and businesses that could eventually be tied into the system as well.