Chicago Suburb Wants to Install Surveillance Cameras


A suburb of Chicago is looking to install surveillance cameras in its high-crime areas. City officials in Elgin, Ill., have set aside $100,000 in its proposed budget for next year to buy the cameras, but have yet to decide from who or where they will get the cameras.

“The bottom line is we can’t be every place all the time, but the cameras can be,” Jim Burns, deputy chief of the Elgin Police Department, told the Chicago Daily Herald. “It’s an eye that’s always looking.” The city of Chicago, about 30 miles to the east of Elgin, has installed such cameras in neighborhoods within the past year. Police there have reported drops in crime in those areas.

Elgin Police Chief William Miller said the city hasn’t yet decided on a model of camera, but he would like them in place by early next year. He added the cameras would be mobile so they could be put in different locations at different times.

The Elgin City Council must approve the budget before it officially takes effect, but council members have indicated support for the cameras.

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