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New surveillance cameras watch over Main Street in Lafayette

More than 100 surveillance cameras are watching over the city of Lafayette. Thanks to a recent project, new, high-definition cameras are located along Main Street.

Posted: Feb 20, 2018 11:49 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - More than 100 surveillance cameras are watching over the city of Lafayette. Thanks to a recent project, new, high-definition cameras are located along Main Street.

There always seems to be a constant flow of traffic at the intersection of 6th and Main Streets in Lafayette. Surveillance cameras above are catching all the action.

"The system takes a snapshot every second from every one of those cameras, whether there's motion or not. Then the system also recognizes when there is motion and it will start recording 10 frames per second," said Andy Milam, Director of Information Technology.

The new cameras were part of last year's the Main Street Streetscape Project. Milam said the city had the opportunity to install new cameras during construction.

"We've been really happy with the results there. They produce a great image quality with high resolution," said Milam.

Altogether, there are 125 cameras located throughout the city.

"We have a server at city hall that is constantly recording all of the cameras. They're all digital, high-resolution cameras," said Milam.

Milam said many of the cameras were installed at the request of police.

"Since 2011, the cameras have played a significant role in helping them solve different crimes. It's nice to have that recorded evidence that they can refer back to," said Milam.

Milam said the IT department will continue working with police to install more cameras.

"As they bring us requests for additional cameras, we'll look to see if we have network in place and evaluate the cost."

The cameras are the ones that captured surveillance video of a man handing out KKK pamphlets to businesses.

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