Councilwoman proposes adding hundreds of street cameras

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ATLANTA — An Atlanta councilwoman is responding to some recent high-profile Buckhead crimes by introducing a proposal to add 200 new surveillance devices in her district.
Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean wants a combination of street cameras and mounted license plate readers in Buckhead that would be paid for with public and private funds. She estimates the master plan would cost between $2.5 million to $3 million. She says the hope is that the equipment can start to pop up in Buckhead next month.
"I want to make sure the police have every resource available and so the neighbors feel like we are proactively working on this crime situation," Adrean said.
Atlanta police expect that 10,000 street cameras will be installed by 2018 citywide.
In Adrean's district, a woman was carjacked at a Whole Foods in August by a suspect who led police on a chase. Since the start of 2015, there have been three violent home invasions in Buckhead. A review of Atlanta police crime statistics show that car break-ins are up 8 percent in the area.
"It's about feeling safe in the area where you raise your family," said Adrean.
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner is scheduled to meet with residents about the proposal on Oct. 13 at the Buckhead Theater.