Jersey City to install 40 new cameras to combat crime

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Jersey City officials are in the process of installing 40 new surveillance cameras at select intersections in the city in order to combat crime.

The cameras will be installed in 10 locations, including the intersections of Lexington and Bergen avenues, Fulton and Ocean avenues and Dwight Street and Ocean Avenue.

Mayor Steven Fulop says that the intersections were chosen for a reason.

“Now we are putting them where they belong – in high-crime areas,” he says. “That’s being driven by a lot of community feedback.”

Fulop says that the goal is to get Jersey City to be a city where people feel safe no matter which neighborhood they are in.

The mayor says that cameras were previously placed in Jersey City’s business district. He also says that some of the camera weren’t working, and that when he came into office in 2013 there were only 50 cameras in the city.

The addition of the 40 cameras will bring the total number of cameras up to 197.

There will be four cameras at each intersection, giving coverage to all four directions. Officials say that this, coupled with improved technology, will be able to cover a larger area.

The cameras are being paid for with capital funds as well as federal grant money from the Department of Homeland Security.

Fulop says that the cameras should all be installed within the year.

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