Gilroy, California hopes to encourage visitors with new downtown security cameras
The city of Gilroy, California recently invested in a security camera system that they're hoping will not only deter crime, but encourage shoppers and tourists to visit the new downtown by dispelling the impression that the city is too dangerous or dingy to visit. City officials and businesses are hoping the cameras show the city cares about downtown and the visitors' safety.
The Gilroy police department reported 43 crimes downtown during the first six months of the year. With the new camera system in place, the city is hoping to see that number reduced. The Downtown Business Association contributed to the cost of installing and operating the surveillance system for one year; the city covered the rest.
The cameras act as additional sets of eyes for law enforcement officials, helping monitor areas where police officers can't be all the time. Dispatchers and police officers will scan the monitors as they perform their duties at police headquarters and can zoom in the cameras when someone reports a crime in progress. They can also review recordings as evidence after a crime is committed.