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Toledo plans to keep an eye on crime

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - City of Toledo officials announced plans Wednesday to implement a new high-tech security plan based on surveillance cameras. About 75 cameras will be placed throughout the city, targeting high crime areas. Some will be mobile, while others will be permanently mounted.

"We're going to focus on high crime areas, we're going to focus on areas where we feel strategically we can place these cameras to help reduce crime in our community," said Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs.

All the cameras will feed to a "real time crime center" in the Safety Building. Diggs said the department does not have the manpower to continuously monitor the cameras, but they will record 24 hours per day. Some cameras will detect and focus on the sound of gunshots.

Toledo safety officials visited Memphis, Tennessee, where a similar system currently in place has cut crime in the city.  

Chief Diggs said he realizes people may worry this is big brother going too far.

"I understand privacy issues, but I also think that we have to be concerned about public safety, so those types of issues, we'll have to deal with," Diggs said.

The initial cost of the system is expected to be around $1 million and will be funded by assets seized in criminal investigations.

The police department must still go through the bidding process and get city council's approval, Diggs said cameras will go up as soon as possible.

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