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Surveillance Cameras in Downtown Nashville - Erika Kurre

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NASHVILLE, TN - If you ever feel like you're being watched, that's becoming more of a reality in downtown Nashville.
   
More than a million dollars in camera equipment is being added and replacing 12 original cameras.

Metro police say this gives them more eyes on the streets to help solve crime and act as a deterrent.

Anna Moore is among several women who work at the Bettie Page clothing store on 4th and Broadway.

A blinking blue light sits on a Metro Police camera right outside their front door.

It's a comfort to them especially on the weekends when they say people are most rowdy.
 
The system is something you see on almost every street corner now.

16 cameras downtown in a 2-square mile area with the ability to store more data than the older cameras, plus pan and zoom from afar.

It gives Metro Police more of a presence, helping to make downtown the safest it's ever been, with the Central Preinct now reporting the lowest crime stats ever.

But the technology is making some feel over watched.

More than 40 are sprinkled in other higher crime or more populated areas like Gallatin Pike, Lafayette Street, Shelby Avenue and bridges overlooking the Cumberland.

The city has been working on this upgrade to the tune of 1.3-million dollars.

500-thousand of that is federally funded.

The rest comes from metro's capital operating expense budget.

Still in the project's first phase, not all the cameras are up and running yet.
   
It'll be at least another two years to incorporate them all into the online network and add more cameras for the rest of the city.