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Security Comes In Force To The Strip

Posted: Jun. 12th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Las Vegas residents will sacrifice a bit of privacy in the name of security – we know, Franklin, we know – now that cameras will join the thousands of blinking lights that line The Strip. Bringing with them the promise of increased safety for visitors and possibly reduced business for a certainlate-night industry, the cameras come with a heavy aura advocates are desperately trying to dispel.

Security on the Strip just got more high-tech.

Thirty-seven surveillance cameras now sit atop traffic poles along a 4-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, part of an effort to boost safety in the tourist-heavy corridor.

The cameras — paid for by a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — have been installed on poles from Russell Road to Sahara Avenue, said Lt. Jim Seebock of the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center. They will begin recording footage later this month.

“These cameras are overt,” Seebock said. “They are going to be where people can see them. They are only capturing footage of people in the public domain.”

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