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Surveillance Camera Network Aids Metro Police

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Security cameras and their images played key roles in identifying the suspects in the Boston bombings. Here in the mid-state, Metro Police also have surveillance cameras around the city to help fight and investigate crimes. 

As the situation in Massachussetts unfolds, we've seen images playing over and over of the two suspects. They're images captured thanks to security cameras. 

"I'm sure Boston is like Nashville, businesses have cameras inside their establishment to deter criminal activity and determine those responsible," said Metro Police Spokesperon Don Aaron. 

Nashville has nearly three dozen police cameras around the city, running 24 hours a day.  

"The police department has overt cameras in the downtown area for a reason: to deter crime and when a crime occurs to be able to reconstruct what's happened and identify the person or persons responsible," said Aaron. 

Metro Police will soon step up their coverage, with an expansion project beginning with a new camera set up at Gallatin Pike and Litton Ave.

"Security cameras have been very helpful, both our cameras and those of area businesses," said Aaron.  

While some won't notice the security cameras are there, they're thankful to know that they are. 

"I think in light of things that happened in Boston, I don't necessarily think it's a bad idea," said Don Delaney, who is visiting Nashville. 

"I wouldn't be surprised if in the near future, they'll be in a lot more places," said Tim Gehret, a Nashville tourist. 

Police said the security cameras have helped them solve big cases, even in recent months when a homeless person was killed downtown. 

Metro Police currently have 30 cameras around the city but will be replacing them and adding six more to monitor the city.

 

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