This year, the Dallas Police Department installed 76 new surveillance cameras and 28 license plate readers in high-crime areas, reports The Dallas Morning News.
Officials see the technology, which was already being used in other areas of the city, as a key to reducing and preventing crime while also toeing the line between privacy and security concerns.
Police officials say they have already had some positive early results from the technology, but say it’s too early to know what effect, if any, the cameras will have on reducing crime rates. Deputy Chief Catrina Shead said the new gadgets are still in a “testing phase.”
Some who live and work in those areas are still getting used to the idea of surveillance. Michael DiCarlo, the owner of Jimmy’s Food Store, isn’t sure how he views the cameras. “I don’t want anyone filming me,” DiCarlo said. “But I also don’t want to get killed.”