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Published August 07, 2012, 08:35 PM

Fargo to install temporary downtown surveillance cameras

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Fargo Police say they will install temporary surveillance cameras downtown. The idea was controversial when it was first announced this spring, but businesses along NP Avenue say they're needed to help curb crime.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Fargo Police say they will install temporary surveillance cameras downtown. The idea was controversial when it was first announced this spring, but businesses along NP Avenue say they're needed to help curb crime.

Within one month the door of Josef's School of Hair Design was shattered, and the owner's car tires were slashed. Mr. Josef says he considered installing surveillance cameras.

Mr. Josef – Owner, Josef’s School of Hair Design: “It's a lot cheaper for cameras than it is replacing tires and doors and damage to my building. I'm going to protect my property.”

Now, he's holding off on buying his own cameras as Fargo Police are planning to install temporary surveillance cameras along NP Avenue. Three cameras will gather evidence of crime, which businesses say is increasing in that area.

In about a month, the temporary cameras will be up and running. As for permanent cameras, Fargo Police are waiting for an endorsement decision from the Downtown Community Partnership, but some have mixed feelings about the new addition.

Holly Kieffer – Fargo Resident: "I don't think it's necessary. This is a nice town. People are friendly enough; they help you when you have car trouble and whatnot. So, no, it's a big waste of money and we have other stuff to spend money on."

Business owners and workers, however, hope the cameras will eventually bring down the amount of crime.

Chris Hulsether – Eagle 106.9: "It's a good thing for security purposes. Things are getting more and more dangerous around here. I can say that, working here the last three years."

Kimberly Hess – Prairie Petals Owner: "If people generally come to the understanding that what they do will be on film here, over the course of time it will change behavior."

The Police Department will foot the $9,000 bill for the cameras.

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