Security cameras added to help patrol the Las Vegas Strip
The strip is famous for its lights and action, and now, safety officials have added cameras to the mix.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Strip is famous for its lights and action, and now, safety officials have added cameras to the mix.
Las Vegas Boulevard has one of the highest visitor volumes in the country, and represents the backbone of our economy. That's why authorities want to keep it safe. They decided an effective way to do that is to install 37 security cameras. The cameras are on traffic poles along a four-mile stretch of the Strip, from Russell to Sahara.
"There are many purposes to them," said Lt. Jim Seebock, with the Metropolitan Police Department. "They can help prevent terrorist acts from occurring, they can identify crime before it occurs, and make the strip a safer experience for everyone who either lives here or visits here."
The cameras are paid for by a $350,000 federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
"They're recording 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," Seebock said.
The cameras record 14 days of footage. So every two weeks, the cameras will erase and start recording fresh.
Although there are some people who don't like the idea of high-tech security cameras capturing our every move, many Las Vegas locals and visitors, believe they're a good thing.
"I'm all for it," said one tourist. "If you have nothing to hide, why not? I like feeling like there are extra protections."
The cameras can also be an investigative tool, allowing officers to go back in time to view footage if an emergency event occurs. Police said that kind of footage could have come in handy when they were looking into the fatal shooting and fiery crash that happened on the Strip this past February.
"With cameras, we can look for that suspicious behavior, look for that suspicious activity," Seebock said.
The cameras on the Strip also come in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings. It was surveillance video that was credited with helping identify the suspects in that attack.
"These days, something like that could happen anywhere," said Carla Marcoccia, a tourist from Toronto. "I think enhanced security is definitely a good feature, and it makes me feel a lot safer."