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New police cameras added to hot spot crime areas in north St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Two new cameras will be installed on West Florissant in north St. Louis, officials say.

Ward 27 Alderman Chris Carter said the push to reduce crime in north St. Louis is nothing new.

“It's so important, especially now because we have a lot of crime that's happening, and not a lot of witnesses coming forward to tell us what they've seen,” said Carter.

Carter said he is spending $43,635 in ward money to install cameras at Goodfellow and West Florissant, and Riverview and West Florissant.

The areas are considered hot spots for crime, including one location close to where a shooting happened at a community center in December 2015.

After that shooting, Carter met with police and made a renewed effort to get the cameras for his ward.

The cameras will link in with the Real Time Crime Center, joining a network of 400 cameras St. Louis police officers monitor all over the city.

Carter hopes the cameras will put criminals on notice.

“I want people to know we’re changing the way we handle crime in our community,” said Carter, “and we're using every single thing that we can use to catch criminals and make our neighborhood safer."

The alderman said the next step will be to add more cameras to problem areas across north St. Louis, which may include asking businesses and homeowners to install their own cameras.  

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