There’s another layer of security coming to a main corridor in the city.

“Anytime we see an uptick in crime, we immediately address it,” said Bryan DalPorto, the Niagara Falls Police Superintendent. 

He reports they’re seeing more property and felony-level crimes taking place around Pine Avenue, an area city officials have been bolstering in hopes of boosting business. They’re putting up seven new, top-of-the-line cameras in that area. Each costs around $7200 each and the DA’s office, county legislature, and city are picking up tabs for them. They’re able to record HD video. 

According to a report completed by the Urban Institute, the efficacy of surveillance cameras varies based on how the system is set up and monitored. The study shows cameras can deter crime and are cost-effective only when they are properly monitored and installed. The Niagara Falls police superintendent says the video will not be monitored consistently. If an incident is reported in the vicinity of one of these cameras, however, someone from the Crime Analysis Center will be able to pull up the footage. 

For the cameras to be effective, the group recommends officials make sure community members understand why the cameras are up. Also, effectiveness increases if areas are making training prosecutors and detectives in properly using footage in cases a priority. 

“They’re not going to make it possible for us to prevent every single crime that might occur on Pine Avenue; not going to  make it possible to catch every perpetrator, but we know from past experience that having some record, video record, makes it possible for us to have a good track record to catching perpetrators of violent crimes,” says Mayor Paul Dyster. 

The cameras will be installed by the start of summer.