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More HALO Cameras Possible For Austin

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

They act as another set of eyes over some of Austin's biggest crime hotspots: High Activity Location Observation (HALO) cameras. On Thursday morning, city leaders could give the OK for more of them to be installed.
    
Since July 2011, people heading downtown have been watched not just by police on the street corners, but also HALO cameras, which are designed to cut crime in "hot spot" areas of Central Austin.

There are currently 31 of them, and more sets of digital eyes could be on the way.
 
On Thursday, Austin City Council members will look at giving the OK to expand Austin Police Department's HALO program.

They're deciding whether to approve a contract worth up to $750,000 over the next four years for new safety cameras and related hardware, software, services, and maintenance.
 
The cameras would go downtown and in the Rundberg area outside on poles, towers, and buildings. Officers in the Real Time Crime Center keep an eye out on the video screens 24/7.

Grant money is paying the bill in 2013. Payment during the other 3 years depends on the budget.

Police have also been able to use recorded street video as evidence in hundreds of court cases.

More HALO Cameras Possible For Austin


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