City of Atlanta to begin the process of putting cameras in city parks

ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council has approved new legislation that would begin the process of installing cameras inside city parks to curb crime.

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This legislation, which was adopted at Monday night’s meeting, requests the Atlanta Police Department to “evaluate the process of facilitating the installation of video surveillance cameras at City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation facilities.”

The council noted that crime has spread to the city’s parks in recent weeks. They also noted that installing these cameras helps to improve response times and information sharing.

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This decision comes nearly three weeks after Katie Janness and dog Bowie were found murdered in Piedmont Park.

After the murder, friends of Janness told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that some of the city’s cameras that may have captured the attack were not working properly at the time.

Spokespeople from APD reported that all of their cameras in the area were working at the time of the murders, but would not comment on the amount, locations or capabilities of them. Cameras inside the park are not maintained by Atlanta police.

There is currently no timeline for when cameras may be installed in the parks.