City of McAllen to Monitor Streets with Cameras

POSTED: Friday, May 29, 2009 - 8:28am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

City-wide video surveillance will soon be accessable to police in the upper Valley.

McAllen's City Commission approved a $335,000 dollar contract with a company from San Antonio to build a wireless internet network that will cover downtown, Bicentennial boulevard and Municipal Park. The cameras will record video and store it in a police database which will be used to help authorities detect evidence after a crime occurs.

Police Chief Victor Rodriguez says 101 video cameras in parks along trails and in commercial areas will be set up. The city projects it will cost about $6 million dollars and it will take about 9 months to set it up.

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