The City of Savannah is exploring new ways to fight and prevent crime, including an extra set of eyes at events like the Chatham County Fair, the scene of a violent shooting a few weekends ago.
We're not talking human eyes, but surveillance cameras. Mobile surveillance cameras. Senator Lester Jackson presented the idea at a meeting Savannah City Council and their state delegation Tuesday morning to fight crime during major events.
"It's been proven in NYC and Chicago that surveillance cameras deter crime and I think the time is now to have surveillance cameras at every major event throughout our city," Sen. Jackson told WTOC.
From St. Patrick's Day to Oktoberfest and every other big event which draws thousands of people, crime was the topic of the morning and the cameras are not cheap. Savannah Chatham Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett was on board with the idea which includes buying four to six mobile security cameras.
"Like St. Patrick's Day, we could put them on River Street and stack them so we could see a high view of what is going on," Chief Lovett explained.
The question of how much they cost was not answered. Lovett says each camera is expensive, but cost is not an issue, he said.
"I'm not sure, but Senator Jackson said money was no object so I took him at his word," Lovett said. "If they have the money, we can spend it for them."
The mobile security cameras were just one of many items on the list of things the city wants their delegation to go to bat for them to do in 2013, including raising the high school drop out rate, a firefighting vessel for the Savannah River, Savannah Harbor deepening, dangerous dog legislation and juvenile justice reform.