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Cameras solving city crime

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By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The City of Buffalo says surveillance cameras, scattered through out the city, are working to fight crime and solve some homicides.

Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Daniel Dreneda announced that they are enhancing the camera system in the downtown Chippewa Entertainment District by adding signage.

New, blue signs state the area is being monitored by police video surveillance. The Mayor says this should also act as a deterrent to crime.

"What we hope to do is stop crime before it even occurs by putting these signs up as a deterrent, and letting people know, do not commit crimes in these areas because we are watching you and we are going to go out and get you if you do," said Mayor Brown.

Police Commissioner Daniel Dreneda says the city's surveillance cameras have been highly effective.

"We're doing a better job coordinating with our monitors, dispatch and officers. They have solved homicides and other crimes. Very, very effective. It's been a great tool for the city. We hope to, in the future, expand the system, but right now it is at 125. I believe it has been a phenomenal asset to the police department," said Dreneda.

Buffalo Police said surveillance cameras in the city's Chippewa Entertainment District recently help defuse a potentially violent situation.

A 23-year-old man was tracked through the cameras carrying a knife in his pocket from Elmwood to Delaware and Chippewa.

The Police Department showed reporters footage of the arrest. The video displays a collaboration between city 911 dispatchers, police, camera surveillance controllers and officers on the ground working detail on Chippewa and Delaware.