AUSTIN (KXAN) - Tuesday night during a Commanders'Forum, Austin police detailed how proposed police securitycameras will be used to catch criminals in the Rundberg Lane areaof East Austin near Interstate 35 and Sixth Street.
The plan is to install five to six cameras at a cost of$350,000.
Officials said they will be able to control the cameras at theirheadquarters. The security camera will be able to zoom in and get aclear picture of someone's face from about a half block away.
APD expects the cameras near Rundberg Lane will be able to pan,tilt and zoom -- however the ones on Sixth Street won't tilt sothose who live in condominiums do not have their privacy violated.In addition the cameras will not be hidden and will be labeled aspolice cameras.
Authorities said the cameras will likely only be manned duringsting operations.
"For the rest of the time, the majority of the time, they'rejust going to be recording. They're going to be stored on aseven-to-10-day retention period -- we're not sure yet -- whichmeans it will be stored for about a week," said Lt. Ryan Huling,APD.
Some residents who attended the Commanders' Forum questioned howpolice would use the stored recordings while others are hopeful itwill slow down the open drug deals that take place along RundbergLane.
"One of the reasons that we have high crime is because we can'tcatch the criminal in action. These cameras are going to help,"said Armando Delgado, ceighborhood association member.
Austin City Council will vote on the funding for the securitycameras next month.
The police department is looking for inputfrom the public concerning their thoughts on securitycameras.
Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday at the State Capitol in hopes that a Bastrop man can win a new trial.
An unusually cold blast of arctic air arriving early Thursday will be followed by an increasing chance of freezing drizzle/rain and sleet by Friday morning.
The HealthCare.gov website is working more smoothly for central Texans.
City leaders in West Lake Hills discussed the ongoing concern with the city's water system Wednesday night. The problems arise when water is needed most; fighting fires.
Federal, state and local authorities on Wednesday arrested 15 people and seized 70 firearms in raid on a methamphetamine operation based in Burnet County.
Former Georgetown Police Officer Stephanie Brown said her ex-boyfriend, former Round Rock Officer Eric Poteet, made up accusations against her after she broke up with him.