Baltimore awarded $5 million technology grant to fight crime


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    BALTIMORE -- Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Sunday $5 million in funds to help fight crime.

    "I'm very grateful for Bloomberg Philanthropies for reading the Violence Reduction Plan, for understanding what we need in order to make this city safe," Mayor Pugh said.

    Bloomberg Philanthropies, a charity of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, awarded Baltimore the grant, which will fund 60 new CCTV "Citiwatch" cameras, 25 mobile licence plate readers and expand gunshot detection coverage by 10 square miles.

    "It will make a person think twice before they do something. You see, people don't think twice because there aren't any cameras around," William Goode of West Baltimore said. "It will help it a lot. It will bring out a lot of crime."

    The city already has more than 600 Citiwatch cameras, according to Open Baltimore. BPD and the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice will decide where those cameras will go.

    "Five million dollars on cameras?" a man named "Tony" asked Fox45 Sunday. "You can put $5 million on so many things in this city that would help this city for real, and you're gonna use cameras?"

    In a press release, the grant was met with optimism from City Council President Jack Young.

    “One of the most common requests I receive from my constituents is for more vigilance and more cameras in our neighborhoods,” said Council President Jack Young. “I’m extremely pleased to see the City directing resources to tools that have demonstrated success in keeping communities safe.”

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