AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police officers have started monitoring four public safety cameras installed last week on Rundberg Lane.
Police said Monday the cameras already appear to be having an impact, as suspected criminals are seen pointing to them on various live feeds.
Officers will be trained on how to monitor and operate the cameras this week and the city's first real time crime center will go online Friday.
"The officers working the real time crime center can call patrol and tell them- this is what's going on," said APD Lieutenant Patrick Cochran. 'It will catch crime- but the ultimate goal is to reduce the crime in the area."
Shawn Hill has lived in the Rundberg area for 11 years and said he has already seen a decrease in criminal activity there since the cameras were installed just a few days ago.
"It's slowed the activity down," said Hill. "It's going to push them out of the area- the bad thing is- somebody else's neighborhood is going to suffer as a result."
The cameras are high quality and are capable of capturing details such as license plates and faces up to quarter of a mile away.
Nine Austin police officers will staff the real time crime center full time beginning July 29. The video from the cameras will be erased after seven days unless it is part of a criminal investigation.
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