Atlanta Police Gain Access To Private Cameras; Concerns Raised

Shoppers in Buckhead's Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza now have an extra set…

Georgia (Sep 16, 2015) — Shoppers in Buckhead's Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza now have an extra set of eyes on them. 


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The malls have given the Atlanta Police Department access to 235 cameras. 

In exchange for handing over access to video feeds, businesses have a direct link to the city's 911 center to alert police of crimes in progress or crimes that have occurred. 

The city has access to nearly 5,700 privately owned cameras throughout the city of Atlanta at its Video Integration Center. 

Kennesaw State University criminal justice professor Peter Fenton said these cameras will help officers solve crimes, “but there is still that, I guess you call, the Big Brother, the creepy factor of just knowing that somebody is watching me every time I'm on the sidewalk, walking down the street, in a parking lot or whatever.” 

The Atlanta Police Foundation says it hopes to help officers access 10,000 private security cameras by 2017.

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