According to David Wardell, director of operations and public safety for the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, the downtown Atlanta area has seen a 34-percent reduction in crime during the first three years of its camera program. Despite the impact on crime statistics in the city, Wardell says that the perception people have about cameras can be just as powerful.
As part of the conference, attendees took a tour of the future home of Atlanta’s Video Integration Center (VIC), co-located with the city’s state-of-art 911 call center. The initial phase of Atlanta’s video project, dubbed Operation Shield, is expected to be up and running this month and will include 400-500 cameras that cover the city’s downtown and midtown areas.
Read more on the Secured Cities conference at www.securedcities.com.