Crime cameras may be monitored soon

Mayor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday there will be an announcement soon about crime cameras and “monitoring as a possibility at a few specific locations.”

There are 71 crime cameras throughout The City in 16 locations, Newsom said. The effectiveness of those cameras, which cost about $300,000 a year to maintain, has been questioned by police Chief George Gascon, who said they aren’t a very good tool if they can’t be monitored in real time.

In terms of violent crime, the cameras haven’t been that successful, Newsom said, but in terms of property crimes they have helped.

“The community doesn’t want to see them moved,” Newsom said.

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