More than 100 additional security cameras, most of them aimed at curbing crime in and around downtown Atlanta, will go online soon. Atlanta's city council recently after voted to spend $2.25 million to beef up surveillance throughout the city.
The cameras are part of an effort to address a crime problem that could threaten Atlanta’s tourism and business growth, while intimidating students who attend college downtown.
Atlanta’s Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui said video surveillance — which has been in place in its current form since last September — for has become a “key part of our crime reduction strategy to provide real time information.”
With the addition of 112 new cameras, there are 762 cameras that are being constantly monitored in a video integration center that opened last September.
The cameras will be funded by grants and supported by the Atlanta Police Foundation.