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Published February 01, 2012, 10:23 PM

Fargo police looking into downtown cameras

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo police are looking at increasing security in a troublesome spot of the city - downtown. The department is in talks to put surveillance cameras at intersections and high trafficked areas - all places large number of pedestrians congregate.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo police are looking at increasing security in a troublesome spot of the city - downtown. The department is in talks to put surveillance cameras at intersections and high trafficked areas - all places large number of pedestrians congregate.

The idea is to address incidents like assaults, loudness, and other quality of life problems. This would allow police to have visual evidence of crimes. The project could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, much of that for changes to infrastructure.

Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police Department: β€œIt's one of those things people might do when they think nobody's watching will maybe not do if they think somebody is watching so that deterrent effect is strong and we would have them very visible. They would not be hidden.”

Police have not finalized the idea. If approved, the cameras could be in place within 12 to 18 months.

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