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CDTA installs surveillance cameras along Route 5 corridor

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Albany/HV: CDTA installs surveillance cameras along Route 5 corridor
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Video cameras have become an important tool for law enforcement in Schenectady. They're set up in nine city neighborhoods and now along a busy travel route. Our Beth Croughan has more on a partnership created to enhance public safety.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- About one-third of CDTA's buses have surveillance cameras, both inside and out, and now the company's busiest route has them too. More than two-and-a-half million riders travel the BusPlus rapid transit line between Schenectady and Albany each year.

"We're really pleased to take the Route 5 corridor up to another level of security, of safety, of well-being," said CDTA CEO Carm Basile.

CDTA has installed wireless real-time cameras as part of a partnership with Schenectady County. The County has had a Public Safety Camera Program since 2004, when cameras were first installed in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood.

"What we have found, and I think what a lot of studies show, is that cameras in certain places do deter certain kinds of crime," said Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney.

The 12 cameras installed along State Street put the total number of surveillance cameras in the City of Schenectady at more than 100.

"Other times, they are, well in all cases, because the video is, the images are stored for a period of time, we are able to review cameras that are in the vicinity of criminal acts and sometimes we get valuable evidence," said Carney.

There are cameras in nine Schenectady neighborhoods, helping to solve crimes.

"There's a case we have pending in courts right now of a bank robbery. And images from these very CDTA cameras captured that individual driving by several of the BusPlus shelters," said Carney.

The County's program will put about 40 more cameras throughout the city within the next year. Carney said the system is mostly funded by grants and partnerships, like the one announced Monday.

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