Mayor Miner to announce new crime cameras in Butternut Street corridor

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Assembly Member Bill Magnarelli will announce details about plans to add new crime cameras to the Butternut Street Corridor.

The announcement will be made under an existing crime camera at Butternut and Park Streets Wednesday, August 7 at 12:30 pm.

Since its installation, neighbors say they feel safer and have noticed a marked decrease in crime.

â??I think that the cameras should be everywhere,â?? said Arbutus Wilson, who said that she didnâ??t feel safe enough to sit on her porch before the camera went in.

Local businesses also feel relieved about the arrival of the surveillance cameras. Nicole Henry, a bartender in family-owned Tommy Bahama, said she now feels safer walking to her car at night and has noticed fewer break-ins. Henry explained that her family opened the North Side bar twenty-five years ago when, â??business was booming.â?? But in recent years with increased crime rates, the business has suffered financially and the Henrys have considered moving out.

â??Everyday we think about selling because of where we are,â?? said Henry. â??But to up and go somewhere else after building 25 years of clientele hereâ?¦to move out to Liverpool or Baldwinsville or an area weâ??d like to go is just a scary thought to leave something that weâ??ve had here for 25 years.â??

Not everyone, however, believes that an increase of security cameras will bring down crime rates. Common Council candidate David Gay believes that the cameras actually make the problem worse.

â??I think that it actually pushes crime to a couple of blocks away,â?? said Gay. â??Anytime you put one of these cameras up where the police already know that thereâ??s crime, instead of being able to deal with it right there the crime kind of scatters to the outlying neighborhoods.â??

In April, the Syracuse Common Council approved $300,000 for purchasing more crime cameras.