Police hope security cameras will make downtown safer - KMOV.com

Police hope security cameras will make downtown safer

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Five security cameras are being installed in downtown St. Louis this month in an attempted to make the area safer.

Downtown officials will not disclose where the security cameras will be placed but they will be functioning by the end of April.

The cameras will be monitored in real time by St. Louis City Police.

In addition to catching crime happen, the cameras will be able to record and flag any vehicle that may be connected to crime. When a car associated with a crime is picked up on camera, the information will be sent to officers on patrol.

The cameras will be placed in downtown and downtown west neighborhoods.

The five cameras cost nearly $70,000 and will be paid for by the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District, not out of the general police fund.

In two years, roughly 30 cameras will be in the downtown and downtown west neighborhoods.

Crime in both neighborhoods is up nearly 15 percent in the first two months of 2015.

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