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Plans In The Works To Install Security Cameras In Downtown Erie

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A new plan is in the works to make downtown Erie safer.
It's all part of a cooperation between The Erie Downtown Partnership, and Erie Police.

The plan is really in the early planning process.
But downtown businesses and police are hoping that if it comes to fruition, that it can make an impact.

The Erie Downtown Partnership covers 70 blocks.
The non-profit's main goal is to revitalize downtown Erie.
One key part of doing that, is to always come up with ways to improve safety and security.

And one new way they're considering doing that, is with security cameras.
The exact locations are to be determined, as is how to fund the project.
But John Buchna, CEO of The Erie Downtown Partnership, says the surveillance video cameras could certainly have an impact.
He recently met with Erie's Police Chief to talk about the best way to make this plan effective.

"We're literally researching it now. It's something that has a lot of validity to it. It could definitely benefit downtown, benefit the police, and business owners, and property owners," said Buchna.

"They could be a deterrent for criminal behavior," said Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers. "And they're also valuable as evidence in the even that something does occur, it would assist in identification," Chief Bowers added.

Buchna says there's no time frame to make this happen, and they're still talking about ways to fund buying, installing, and maintaining these cameras.

And, this isn't entirely new to Erie. Back in January WICU & WSEE reported on the Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Network.
They got grants and installed several cameras in Erie's Little Italy neighborhood, which have apparently made an impact there.

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