SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Syracuse University Department of Public Safety will install eight additional cameras in the surrounding Euclid area.
The latest is part of new safety initiatives the Department launched this year.
The Department will work in collaboration with the Syracuse Police Department to install the devices.
Property crime is rampant in the Euclid area.
According to Syracuse.com, in 2018, 523 cars were stolen.
Syracuse Police Department Media Relations Officer, Joseph Commisso, is certain theft is a repeated behavior.
“Criminals in my opinion are creatures of habit.” “So unfortunately sometimes, students seem to be easy prey.”
“They have high priced items, laptop, air books, and most of the time just an easy grab,” says Commisso.
The SPD will be responsible for monitoring the devices, and will work with DPS to patrol the area.
The cameras come with a hefty price tag, valued at $12,000 per unit.
“Where exactly the funds are coming from, I’m not quite sure,” says Commisso.
Euclid Avenue is home to many University students.
A local area resident, Samantha Worthley, is confident the cameras will benefit the neighborhood.
“With all the violence and the shootings, and stabbings, they’ll be a lot more witnesses.”
“And to get it on camera, so that way the right people go to jail or prison for it,” she adds.
Officer Commisso says the cameras aren’t one-hundred percent full proof, but is a huge asset in helping to solve investigations.
The University has also expanded the DPS Walking Escort program and campus shuttle services.
The shuttle services are available seven days a week between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. while safety escorts are available Thursday through Sunday from 10:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.