Three new surveillance cameras expected to be operating in downtown Fargo by late next weekFARGO – Three new surveillance cameras are expected to be operating in the downtown area by late next week.
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FARGO – Three new surveillance cameras are expected to be operating in the downtown area by late next week.
Fargo police made the announcement today that the cameras will be installed at the 400 block of Broadway. Three surveillance cameras were installed at the 600 block of NP Avenue last fall.
Recent street-level crime trends in the 400 block of Broadway mimics the trend of crime at the 600 block of NP before those cameras were installed, Lt. Jeff Skuza said during a news conference this afternoon.
Since installing cameras on the 600 block of NP Avenue, crime in that area was reduced overall by 62 percent, and at the street-level by 89 percent Skuza said.
The Downtown Community Partnership and the Downtown Neighborhood Association endorse expanding the presence of downtown cameras, representatives from both organizations said today.
Police Chief Keith Ternes said the same policies and standards for the NP Avenue cameras will apply to the new cameras. A limited number of officers have access to the cameras and footage is automatically purged after 10 days unless there is an ongoing investigation.
“We want to prevent as much crime as possible from happening in the central location of the city,” Ternes said. “And at the same time for those crimes that we are unable to prevent, we want to give ourselves the best possible opportunity to resolve those crimes after they happen.”
Ternes said he has no desire to set up cameras on every street corner. Police are only interested in placing cameras in areas where crime data dictates they could be useful, he said.
Skuza said police used the last remaining dollars of a federal grant to buy the $12,000 camera system. Funds from the same grant were used to pay for the $9,000 camera system on NP Avenue.