New security cameras to quell city violence, curb street-corners: How the city is addressing problems with the streets.
With a plan from city officials and other stakeholders to address the city’s chronic, decades-old issues wit?????? ?????h public safety, the city will roll out more than two dozen cameras around the city this week that will be strategically placed around major intersections with the goal of bringing back some semblance of order to the city.
“Our goal is simple – safety,” said Jim Johnson, executive director of the New York Communities Trust, one of the largest safety-related organizations in the United States.
He said that while New York City is on its second act in terms of addressing its violence problem, it has been doing a very good job of it, providing much needed assistance to its victims.
The city is currently using 12 cameras along five major intersections, as well as three cameras in the city’s east side. As????????? part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan, the new cameras will be spaced evenly around city streets, reducing the potential risk of someone hitting a camera and causing it to go haywire. The cameras will also be integrated to a police drone, allowing for emergency- dispatch and search-and-rescue teams to help solve crimes.
While other cities have seen the same success with crime-fighting cameras in the city’s core areas, these cameras were designed for the downtown area where crime has always been relatively low, in and around the tourist districts around Herald Square and the historic East Side. The strategy is also aimed at creating a greater level of safety in the city’s neighborhoods, particularly in those areas where crime is likely to be at an all-time high.
When the new cameras are up and running in June, they will be deployed near the intersection of West 41st Street and East 44th Street in Manhattan, a spot that is known to be at a high risk of violence. The cameras will be placed there along with police-contacting drones, with city offic???????ials also considering deploying them near the intersection of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street in Brooklyn, which is expected to be the most dangerous on the whole West Side.
Johnson said the new cameras have already helped curb several major instances of gang violence on the West Side, and that they also allow the city to take advantage of all the opportunities presented by technology to help improve the safety of all its communities.
Johnson said that in an era where so much of the city is in turmoil, having an increased amount of police officers is critical to holding publi