NBC5 Dallas-Fort Worth
September 19, 2008

Police said crime fell 18 percent in downtown Dallas since 40 cameras were installed.

“It’s definitely had a positive impact on public safety in the Central Business District,” Deputy Chief Vincent Golbeck said.

The cameras have caught on tape incidents such a robbery and the takedown of a man wanted for sexually assaulting a child.

The number of cameras in downtown Dallas will soon double. The organization Downtown Dallas is helping to fund an additional 40 cameras, most of which will be in the Arts District.

Downtown Dallas’ John Crawford said the association wants to make people feel they are safe and secure in the area.

“We want the cameras there where we have the highest concentration of people and also, too, where you’ve had chronic issues — open-air issues — that surveillance cameras can have an effect on,” Golbeck said.

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