Backers hope McKinney Avenue camera system will make Uptown safer
02:30 PM CDT on Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A system of cameras along McKinney Avenue is being launched Wednesday afternoon, bringing what backers hope will be an added measure of security to residents and workers in the newly bustling Uptown area.
"We don't feel we have a crime problem, but that's why we want the cameras – as a deterrent," said Jim Reagan, CEO of Uptown Dallas Inc.
He said the cameras would also aid police in solving crimes that do occur.
The $160,000 system, which has been undergoing installation since February, will stretch along McKinney from Pearl Street north to Blackburn Street. The system of 11 cameras will be paid for by the non-profit organization but monitored by the Dallas Police Department.
Dallas Deputy Police Chief Vince Goldbeck welcomed the new security system.
Police officials have expressed concern in the past about whether the growth of such systems would stretch the ability of police to monitor them. But Goldbeck said he believed such concerns were not a factor in the Uptown system, which had been planned as long ago as two years.
"Absolutely, these are going to be a useful resource for us," he said.
Reagan said his organization hopes to add nine other cameras in the future.