April 18, 2018 10:13 PM
In an effort to make downtown safer, the City of Minneapolis is considering the purchase of 1,200 new surveillance cameras to replace outdated ones in 16 parking ramp and skyway areas.
The new cameras would be high-definition color, and some would have the ability to pan and zoom in on individuals. That means a better chance of catching suspected criminals during and - in a best-case scenario - before they commit a crime.
Tim Mahoney, who owns and operates the Loon Cafe and is a member of the Warehouse District Business Association, said businesses support the plan.
He said it will make the downtown area safer because a police command center will be watching around the clock.
"The cameras can tell who you are, what you are wearing and can follow you," Mahoney said.
"They can zoom in on known criminals and they can watch them and have it on camera. And they can send a squad car right to that person and arrest them and they do not even know they are there."
Parking ramps A, B and C surround Target Field, Target Center and Butler Square. They are right next to the Warehouse District business center, and each of those ramps would also have outdoor cameras installed to give police a better view of street activity outside the ramps.
"The businesses down here all like this idea," Mahoney said. "Being able to watch the inside to the ramps and skyways is critical, but being able to watch as much of the street activity as possible is a big key to all of this as well."
The city's Ways and Means Committee will take up the issue at its next meeting on Tuesday.
The expected cost is close to $800,000.
Updated: April 18, 2018 10:13 PM
Created: April 18, 2018 07:48 PM
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