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Anderson To Add Security Cameras At All New Public Projects

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They're those extra eyes you may see all over the upstate.  In cities from Greenville, to Spartanburg, to Anderson, security cameras are becoming a part of the landscape.  "I had no idea they were even there," admits Anderson resident John Carrington.  In Anderson, 76 cameras watch other downtown, from the city's Main Street, to parking lots and parking garages.  The added security is an extra comfort to some.  "I think you need some kind of plane to keep crime away," says Anderson resident Katherine Hon.  "And since there doesn't seem to be much here, they're doing something right!"

Anderson Police say the biggest benefit of their system is that it acts as a deterrent to criminals.  Investigators have solved some cases with the help of video footage.  Still, officers admit the level of crime, particularly in downtown, is low.  "I think it's always beneficial to keep that crime from taking place, says Lt. Tony Tilley.  "There's no way to measure the crimes that might have been committed had you not had those cameras there."

The city is so confident the technology is working that leaders plan to add nine security cameras at a new park and amphitheater downtown.  Mayor Terence Roberts says the plan is to hopefully add security cameras now with every public project the city builds.  Roberts says when they can't afford additional police officers, cameras are a good substitute.  "Officers are important, they're needed.  But when a city grows and you have more things you have to be more creative with how you protect them."

Anderson is not the only city looking to expand its security systems.  Both Greenville and Spartanburg have had similar conversations in recent months.  Spartanburg has a small system of 12 security cameras, primarily in downtown.  Greenville's system, at more than 100 cameras, is the largest in the upstate.

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