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Published September 20, 2012, 09:28 PM

Downtown cameras go online tomorrow

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Fargo is about to begin using its latest tool in fighting crime, something police previously had to defend because privacy concerns from citizens.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Fargo is about to begin using its latest tool in fighting crime, something police previously had to defend because privacy concerns from citizens.

The downtown cameras go online tomorrow. Tomorrow morning sometime around 1, officers will be patched into the system and see everything coming from these cameras.

There are 3 of them, 2 here at the light on N-P and Broadway, the other is right down the road, a block west on the Fire hall. Police say they're here because crime on this block continues to rise, and the department can't afford putting an officer out here 24-7.

Downtown is a third the size of other patrolled section, yet it has twice the number of officers patrolling it.

Lt. Jeff Skuza with the Fargo Police, says, "the highest concentration of crime problems is in the downtown area now we're not singling out the np corridor as a hot spot where it's all happening but what's unique about the n-p corridor and that block between Roberts and Broadway is that the businesses down there approached us and asked us to help them out."

Lt. Skuza says if you need more reason why these cameras are needed --

look what video is doing for Moorhead police right now, it has 3 suspects to 3 crimes because of video evidence.

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