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Spartanburg's Surveillance Cameras Haven't Recorded in Months

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At least six surveillance cameras operated by the City of Spartanburg haven't worked in months, and the city says it's not going to repair them.

There are four cameras around downtown and two in different parking lots along the Mary Black Rail Trail, but the server which receives the video feeds is down, according to Spartanburg Public Safety.

Cpt. Art Littlejohn said the city realized the cameras weren't functioning as early as April, but they did not repair the problem because of what Littlejohn called an out-of-date system.

"Based on the technology and the graininess of it with the light and the reflection, it's been very difficult for us, even from the beginning, to recognize people based on those cameras," Littlejohn said.

Victims of crime, like Anne Piacentino whose purse was stolen during Spring Fling, say while she's not sure cameras could solve that crime, it'd be nice if it was at least an option.

"If they're going to say there are cameras, then they should be in working order," she said.

Littlejohn says the city has access to cameras owned by local businesses, but he said the city hopes to find grants to purchase its own system in the future.

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