BIA eyeing safety cameras on arches in downtown Niagara Falls

The Downtown Niagara Falls Enterprise Enchancment Space is searching for permission from metropolis council to put in safety cameras on the arches alongside Queen Road.

In an April 12 letter to council, which is a part of the agenda for Tuesday’s assembly, the BIA’s board of administration stated it has been “diligently” engaged on buying safety cameras for set up inside the BIA catchment.

The BIA stated it has dedicated the funds for buy and set up prices, nevertheless the location of cameras to “create one interconnected system” has been tough.

“The board of administration for the Downtown Niagara Falls BIA is requesting permission from the Metropolis of Niagara Falls council to put the cameras on the arches with an influence connection for 360 views of intersections, aspect streets, and Queen Road,” stated the letter.

“Whereas it’s glorious when safety cameras catch a criminal offense in motion, it’s even higher once they cease a criminal offense earlier than it begins. That’s the facility of safety cameras for cities — they act as an efficient deterrent to would-be criminals.”

The letter states research have discovered safety cameras in public locations may also help cut back crime and vandalism and help legislation enforcement in apprehending criminals “whose malfeasance is caught on digital camera.

“The BIA is hoping these safety cameras might be utilized as each prevention and help to police or BIA members when averting or catching criminals or accidents.”

Metropolis workers is recommending council refer the request to them.

The BIA stated it could incur all bills associated to the mission, putting in, and making certain the system’s upkeep.

“The BIA would even be accountable for amassing, storing, and entry of knowledge,” stated the letter.

“Moreover, the board has engaged a privateness lawyer specializing in municipal governance to create a Downtown Niagara Falls Enterprise Enchancment Space coverage governing CCTV safety cameras having oversight into public areas. We’re hoping to put in earlier than the Could lengthy weekend once we see an inflow of tourists and full the portray of the arches.”

In an interview, Amanda MacDonald, govt director for the BIA, stated the downtown has “extremely low crime charges” and that stopping crime is just one cause for the cameras.

“The cameras have foot-traffic counters in them, in order that they depend the quantity of individuals, which helps us with funding guides,” she stated.

“Once we’re making an attempt to draw new companies downtown … individuals who wish to come down and make investments, we would like to have the ability to present them with precise statistical knowledge on what number of automobiles undergo, how many individuals undergo. It doesn’t file faces or something like that — it’s like in how different cities you could have foot counters on the sunshine poles, similar factor.”

MacDonald stated the cameras may additionally assist with safety when the BIA hosts giant occasions downtown, such because the Niagara Falls Christmas Market, which over six weeks final yr attracted about 120,000 folks.

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