Greensboro city council members to consider buying a multiple wireless camera system to help patrol the downtown area.

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GREENSBORO, NC -- The Greensboro Police department wants city council members to consider a city-wide wireless video surveillance camera system.

On the table is a proposal to buy 21 wireless cameras. The purchase price for the video system is $67,038, plus taxes & shipping.

"There are very few cities that don't have cameras in downtown," said Zack Matheny, Greensboro city council member. "We are behind the loop. We are behind the standards," said Matheny.

Greensboro Police Deputy Chief Anita Holder said the "Wireless Camera Network Project" is a conceptual plan to see how the system would work for the city. She said the camera system would enhance public safety in the downtown area.

"It is more of the ability to go back, if something were to happen or acquire that we can go back and view the tape and time specific and there might be witnesses that you can find and have the ability to follow-up with the event," said Zack Matheny.

City council member Zack Matheny doesn't want people to focus on the surveillance cameras as big brother watching but about improving public safety.

According to proposal, the cameras would be infrared and allow law enforcement agencies to get several different views and angles from location of the camera. It will also allow officers to access the system remotely through WiFi.

Per Holder, there are no surveillance cameras in Greensboro. But she said, Greensboro has tried a fiber or line camera system in the past. The wireless system would be a first for the city.

City council members are expected to discuss the surveillance system proposal at its next city council meeting.

"There are very few cities that don't have cameras in downtown," said Zack Matheny, Greensboro city council member. "We are behind the loop. We are behind the standards," said Matheny.

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