Surveillance Cameras Going Up in Lansing

By: Lansing Email
By: Lansing Email

It's not clear how many or how much it will all cost, but the cameras will be in place by fall say Lansing leaders.

Police Chief Mark Alley says the plan to put cameras up has been in the works for a few months. Ruth Hallman's brutal beating July 28th signaled the need to move fast he says. She died days later.

Mayor Virg Bernero says the city will use any new tool or technology available to keep neighborhoods safe. The cameras are part of a new neighborhood safety plan to be unveiled soon.

Similar sized Rockford, Illinois, used surveillance cameras at a housing complex experiencing problems. "The cameras have really helped reduce crime in the area," says Alley. His hope is to have wireless cameras placed on poles in problem areas throughout the city. Officers may be able to monitor the video from their desktop computers or in their patrol cars.

No word on where the cameras will go, but Alley says one will be going up in the Genesee Neighborhood, the same neighborhood Hallman lived in.

So, what about big brother watching? Alley says if you're not breaking the law you have nothing to worry about.


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