Cameras Installed to Monitor CLE Neighborhoods

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More electronic eyes will be watching in an effort to prevent crime in a Cleveland neighborhood.

The city of Cleveland is beginning to add surveillance cameras to the city’s neighborhoods.

The first city-owned cameras were installed downtown in 2007. Now, a dozen more will be watching in the northeast part of Cleveland.

The surveillance camera at East 125th Street and St. Clair Avenue is one of 11 being installed in Cleveland's Ward 10.

"If that lady walked across the street and unfortunately somebody hit her, no one knows anything, but that...see that accident that almost just happened, that camera can already record it. It wouldn't stop it, but I can help solve it," said Councilman Eugene Miller.

Miller and Mayor Frank Jackson announced the installation of the cameras in front of Janelle's Restaurant, which has been broken into before.

"The neighborhood is growing, and with this security, you'll know that you're safe coming out," said Jay D. Reed.

There are currently 49 cameras in the downtown area, including the Gateway Complex, Key Plaza and around the Horseshoe Casino. This is the first time cameras from this network will monitor a neighborhood.

"What these cameras will do is give us an opportunity to review, if anything happens within the parameter of the cameras, give us an opportunity to perhaps see it in real-time," said Jackson.

"I have a lot of young ladies that come in here at night, and sometimes it slows down the business around here because they have fear of getting out of the car by themselves," said restaurant manager Ghadir Tuel.

Tuel manages Omar's Seafood and Grill, which is near the intersection of the newly installed camera. He believes it will help prevent crime in the area.

"We try to keep an eye out, but you can't be everywhere," she said.

The cameras record 24 hours a day and can pan, zoom and rotate 360 degrees. They will be viewed from the police dispatch center.

"That kind of security protects people or helps people...when you do wrong, somebody's gonna be able to see that," said resident Tony Walker.

"I think it's good. I think it's something that we need. I think we need more of them in different areas and I think people would feel more safe," said resident Eunice Ramsey.

There are some neighborhoods that have privately-run camera systems, such as along Kinsman and Buckeye Roads. But police do have access to those, just as they do the city-owned ones.