Albuquerque to Install Surveillance Cameras in Public Areas


Officials in Albuquerque, N.M., will use $80,000 from a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to install cameras in the Civic Plaza, the heart of the city’s public space, according to a newspaper report.

The city is prepared to install a first round of cameras to monitor and record activity at the plaza, the City/County Building and police headquarters. Video surveillance capability will allow security officers to intervene before “hazards” reach the buildings, city security chief Mark Shepherd told the newspaper.

The Civic Plaza cameras will record and save data for 30 days. Shepherd said he plans to seek more funds to increase the number of cameras posted around the buildings and possibly elsewhere.

The city currently operates more than 300 publicly funded cameras that monitor traffic, courthouses, almost all public schools, Albuquerque International Sunport and other locations.

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