Pine Avenue in Niagara FAlls on April 16, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Surveillance Cameras Coming to Niagara Falls

Most located in Pine Ave Business District beginning this summer

Mike Baggerman
April 16, 2018 - 11:22 am
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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WBEN) – The City of Niagara Falls will deploy seven new surveillance cameras in the city this summer to help fight crime.

Of those seven cameras, three of them will be installed along the Pine Avenue Business District. Additional ones will be located in 19th Street corridor and the Highland Avenue corridor.

“In spite of talk of a golden age of Pine Ave, I can tell you from my own past experiences, those perfect conditions of that golden age never existed,” Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said. “No city has ever gone through a historical period where there was zero crime in business districts.”

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster at Monday's press conference announcing new surveillance cameras in the City of Niagara Falls (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Each of the cameras cost approximately $6,500. Three of the cameras were paid for by the City of Niagara Falls, two new ones and one refurbished. The other four were donated by the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office.

Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek explained that her office receives funding for cameras through its asset forfeiture funds.

“From our office, as soon as we get that money, we turn it around to get a camera,” Wojtaszek said.

Though the cameras have not been installed yet, DalPorto said they’ll identify “hot spots”, where crime is most likely to occur, and set up the cameras in appropriate spots.

“We have seen a little bit of uptick in crime,” DalPorto said. “Over the past four crimes there’s been a dramatic decrease in crimes. Specifically, in violent crimes here in the city…Anytime we see an uptick in crime we address it.”

Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto expects the camera program to expand.

“It has to,” he said. “I absolutely can see that and we will stay on it to further it.”

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