The City of Columbus will soon install more surveillance cameras in neighborhoods.
City Council member and former Safety Director Mitch Brown says 27 so-called 'neighborhood safety cameras' will be installed at nine locations at a cost of 720 thousand dollars.
The new cameras will be scattered on the Hilltop, Livingston Avenue, Mt. Vernon Avenue, Weinland Park, Linden, Franklinton, and the far east and far north sides. East side resident Felicia Saunders was invited to speak in favor of the measure. After her son was shot and killed, Saunders says two witnesses failed to come forward out of fear of retribution. Saunders says the cameras would have helped prosecutors.
The cameras continue a municipal crime-fighting program launched in 2011 in five Columbus neighborhoods. The program has since been expanded to include 100 locations.