The city of Columbus will add more eyes in the sky to catch criminals in the act on Wednesday.
City officials said that they would add four new crime cameras in east Columbus.
Brian Scarpino said that his neighbors along Livingston Avenue were also working to tackle crime in the area. He said that he believes crime cameras are helping.
“The majority of people here are working to do the right thing,” Scarpino said.
Scarpino said that there was still work to be done. Last week 30-year-old Justin Campbell was shot to death along Livingston and Miller avenues, just a few feet from a neighborhood crime camera.
The new cameras will hang above Main and Champion, Kent and Seymour, as well as 22nd and Rich avenues. The city hopes the cameras will make a difference.
“Between May and June of this year, compared to last year prior to the cameras being up, we saw a significant decrease in crime in those areas. Anywhere from 14-15 percent,” Dan Giangardella, of the City of Columbus said.
The cameras are not cheap, they cost between $25,000 and $30,000 each. City officials said that they planned to install more cameras in other neighborhoods.
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