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Crime Cameras will be focus of Metro Council

Louisiana Politics
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 8:51pm

Dewayne Sanders takes the bus to work everyday. He feels safer knowing the crime camera right across the street  from the CATS bus station is stopping crime before it ever happens.

"I think they're good man because like I was saying earlier, if people are aware of it, then I'm quite sure the crime will be down. The more people that are aware of it, I think the lower the crime will be," says Sanders.

There are 150 crime cameras throughout the city of Baton Rouge, but Councilwoman Tara Wicker says many of them are in places that simply don't need them, like this one near the corner of Florida and 25th street overlooking a vacant lot.

"There needs to be some discussion and conversation about where  the cameras are located. Why they are located where they are and how do we get them to a point where we can prove they are productive  and they are a good use of taxpayer dollars," says Wicker.

Right now it costs the city more than $400,000 a year for maintenance on the cameras. Wicker says there isn't enough money in the budget for any more of them.

But no matter what the cost though Sanders says it needs to be spent to protect Baton Rouge citizens.

"There should be more in every area that's high crime...You don't have the manpower, so I would think the cameras would be a good thing to do," says Sanders.

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