Beefed up security in Johnson City

By Julianne Peixoto

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 11:29 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Johnson City board approved a proposal to install three surveillance cameras throughout the village.

In an effort to reduce crime, two cameras will be installed on Main Street and one will be placed in Floral Park.

"We're hoping we get a better feel for what's going on, when it's going on and where it's going on," said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie. "And the police will have a better chance of keeping an eye on things."

These installations are phase one of a larger project -- the mayor says they're hoping to expand surveillance to all village parks and additional streets in the future.

"The park just has a lot of vandalism at night, they wreck garbage cans, they wreck bathrooms, they destroy things over there," said Mayor Deemie. "Main Street is Main Street, there's a lot going on on Main Street, there's a lot of illegal activity that goes on on Main Street that we need to curb."

The footage from the cameras will be recorded and reviewed live by Johnson City police.

"They [the cameras] can read a dime on the sidewalk," said Trustee Diane Marusich. "I've seen them in action, they sold. License plate numbers, picture quality of the individuals, it's very high resolution."

The system that will be installed in Johnson City is the same one that Binghamton currently uses.

The project will cost nearly $50,000 and Mayor Deemie says they are hoping to have the cameras up and running within the next few months.

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