For immediate release
November 14, 2012
The City of Columbus will begin installation of 33 additional neighborhood safety cameras this week as an expansion of one of its successful policing strategies. Cameras will be installed at 11 locations in the Hilltop, South Linden and Livingston Avenue areas. Once installation is completed by the end of November the city will have nearly 150 neighborhood safety cameras.
“Crime is down across the board in the City of Columbus, and these neighborhood safety cameras are among the reasons why,” Mayor Coleman said. “We’ve seen crime reduced in the neighborhoods that have these safety cameras, and we believe these new cameras will accelerate that trend.”
Last year, the city installed 111 cameras in five neighborhoods as part of a pilot project initiated by Mayor Michael B. Coleman. Cameras were installed in the Hilltop, Mount Vernon, South Linden, Weinland Park and Livingston Avenue areas. Four of the five neighborhoods saw a reduction in reported crimes ranging from 49 percent to 14 percent. While the cameras have aided officers in solving some crimes, the cameras have had the biggest impact on corner drug sales, prostitution and loitering.
“These cameras are helping to build strong and safe neighborhoods and are the result of a partnership among the city, community, and Division of Police,” said Councilmember Michelle M. Mills, Chair of the Public Safety and Judiciary Committee. “Officers are using these cameras as a tool to increase their ability to monitor criminal behavior and provide a new level of safety in our neighborhoods and as a result, adding to the quality of life for Columbus residents.”
Neighborhood selection is driven by crime data, input from police officers, infrastructure, potential impact on criminal activity and, most importantly, neighborhood support. While the cameras have been successful, they do not eliminate crime. They are used as a force multiple to support street-level efforts and are one more piece of technology to aid in solving crimes.
If a community organization is interested in having cameras in their neighborhood, they need to submit a letter to the director of Public Safety. The letter should include their request for cameras, types of crimes that the neighborhood is experiencing, possible locations for the cameras and the potential impact the cameras may have in their neighborhood.
New camera locations:
- West Broad and South Terrace
- West Broad and Wayne
- West Broad and Wheatland
- Cleveland and 13th
- Cleveland and 23rd
- E Main and Lilley
- Whittier and Oakwood
- Anne Street (Forest to Columbus)
- Lockbourne and Smith
- Whittier and Wilson
- Bulen and Livingston
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