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Bay City to install surveillance cameras across city

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Dozens of surveillance cameras will soon be keeping an eye on one Mid-Michigan city.

It's one of thousands of communities across the county turning toward cameras to cut down on crime as the technology becomes more affordable.

Bay City is taking the step to install dozens of cameras over the next few years.

"Well, I think it's obviously just keeping up with the times," said Jay Samborn, resident.

Samborn is the co-owner of Lucky's Pub in Westown. His business already has eyes in the sky.

"We're happy to tell people there's cameras here and there's more people that behave themselves coming down here than that don't," he said.

The cameras are all in an effort to solve some issues in Bay City.

"Problems with graffiti, vandalism and maybe even you know, some altercations. Maybe some fights once in awhile, things like that," said Dana Muscott, deputy city manager.

Muscott believes the cameras will be a useful tool in helping to catch trouble makers.

"They're not going to be cameras that we sit and monitor 24/7. It's going to be when there's an incident. We'll be able to go back and look to see who was in the park you know, last night between the hours of such and such to see if they did the graffiti," Muscott said.

As for Samborn, he said his part of town is already a peaceful place. With more watchful eyes in place, it will continue to stay that way.

"It's definitely been quiet and peaceful and fun for the people that come down here. But again, you have a few people that may not know how to behave themselves. That once they realize there's cameras here, they'll go somewhere else," Samborn said.

The city commission approved the measure 5-0.

There will be five cameras installed within six weeks, according to Andrew Niedzinski, commission president.

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