Installation of 10 New Security Cameras to Enhance Downtown Syracuse
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Syracuse, NY - Wednesday afternoon, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., in partnership with Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli’s Office, announced the installation of ten security cameras throughout the core of Downtown Syracuse. The camera locations were selected in partnership with the Syracuse Police Department and are located in areas that experience high visitor traffic and expanding residential populations.
With more than 3,100 residents and $340 million invested in development, it is important that Downtown maintain its status as one of the safest neighborhoods in the City of Syracuse. A strong partnership between Downtown Committee security staff and the Syracuse Police Department allows for collaboration to address public safety and quality of life concerns. The installation of the security cameras is an extension of that partnership. The cameras will provide an additional tool to enhance the sense of safety, while also deterring crime. The security cameras will be wired into the existing camera network of the Syracuse Police Department. Please refer to this map for specific locations of the cameras.
Support for the cameras was provided in part by a $78,868 grant secured by Assemblyman William Magnarelli.
“The security cameras will add immeasurably to the quality of life in our downtown area,” said Assemblyman William Magnarelli. “Our downtown has attracted many new residents due to the numerous residential apartments and condos being built within the last few years. As with any residential neighborhood, safety is the primary concern. Safety is also a primary focus of businesses and special events held in the downtown area. It is for these reasons that I secured funding for security cameras in our downtown community. Not only in our downtown, but throughout our neighborhoods, I am constantly asked to support the need for added security measures to give individuals, businesses and customers peace of mind.”
“We’re incredibly grateful to have the Assemblyman’s support in this program,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “As Downtown continues to evolve, we want to ensure we’re protecting the investments being made in the heart of our city and provide tools to supplement the existing security program. It’s very important to us that our residents, property owners and retailers continue to feel safe, and that Downtown continues on its upward trajectory.”
The Downtown Committee owns the cameras and will pay for maintenance.
The Syracuse Police Department has already seen a reduction in crime as a result of the security cameras installed in other sections of the city. Research shows cameras reduce disorder related crimes, and helps with prosecution by linking persons of interest back to the scene of the recorded incident(s).