POSTED: Friday, May 29, 2009 - 9:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
The McAllen Police Department is going high-tech to fight crime.
They are installing dozens of video surveillance cameras around the city.
The new security cameras will record video and store it in a police database.
The video will be used to help police identify crime suspects and provide evidence if a crime happens.
Karen Tepper says, "I think it's great, I was born and raised here and typically downtown mcallen's had a bad reputation especially after hours."
Tom Tepper says, "They can't hurt, if you know your'e going to be on film, you'll think twice if you're going to do something devious, if not, then who cares."
Mike Denison says, "Take a look at all the Stripe stores, they've helped deter a lot of crimes and if a crime occurs, they've been able to catch the predators."
Barb Denison says, "If it will prevent some crime, decrease some crime, I think it's a great idea."
These friends are all enjoying a night out at "The Patio" restaurant in Downtown McAllen.
They say they support the city...green lighting the crime-fighting cameras.
Muggings, fights, other crimes, and drunks, is exactly what Police hope these cameras will catch.
Officers say there will be 101 video cameras installed in parks and on the downtown blocks.
"The Patio"'s General Manager, Juan Luis Mussenden says, these cameras will be a welcome addition to the area.
He says, "It will improve the safety of our guests and customers."
David Pulido says, "A witness could only see so much a camera can see everything, a witness can tell you their point of view, a camera tells you the truth."
It will take about nine months to install the new cameras.