Posted at: 04/16/2013 4:59 PM
| Updated at: 04/16/2013 5:55 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
SARATOGA SPRINGS - They'll be watching.
Saratoga Springs will place surveillance cameras at a half-dozen locations in the core of its busy downtown, with an eye toward preventing and solving crimes.
The cameras will be placed in the heart of the city's busy nightlife district, with special attention to Caroline Street, where crowds can number in the thousands on a busy night.
"Anything that we can do to make that area safer and quieter, is very good for the reputation of the city," said Chris Mathiesen, Commissioner of Public Safety.
..... Mathiesen has been searching for ways to reduce crime related to people overindulging at city bars. His proposal to have them close earlier was shot down, but the use of city cameras is being embraced by bar owners.
"Anything to make the city safer is a great idea," said John Baker, who has owned Gaffney's for 32 years. "And most of us have cameras inside our establishments, which if there's a problem helps out the police force quite a bit."
The first phase of the project calls for six cameras placed on buildings and power poles focusing on Caroline Street, Phila Street and Broadway. It will cost the city about $53,000.
Money well spent says the public safety commissioner.
But not everyone likes the idea of being watched by the police department, including Don, a Saratoga Springs man who gave only his first name. "Personally it makes me very uncomfortable, the fact that the government is having so much control in it and it's just we have no privacy per se, anymore." said said said sa saidsa said said said said Don