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Some worry Downtown Albany surveillance cameras not enough

Monroe Davis Monroe Davis
DJ Tray, Krush Owner. DJ Tray, Krush Owner.
DJ Stacks, Co-Owner DJ Stacks, Co-Owner
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - We learned new details Wednesday as we continue to investigate how effective Albany's downtown surveillance cameras are.

Wednesday we learned this camera at the intersection of Broad and Front Street that should have recorded a shooting here early Sunday morning isn't working. City leaders could not tell us when it and two others nearby went down. People I spoke with downtown want to see more quality cameras in the area.

Each day Monroe Davis rides his bike up and down the streets of Downtown Albany and said he's concerned that there aren't enough cameras in the area.

"All over downtown Albany, not even downtown, like all over Albany period," said Monroe Davis.

The cameras are designed for general daytime use. They don't shoot good video at night, and they're only monitored during special events. Davis said he would like to see a monitoring system similar to the one at Albany State.

" Albany is a city. A growing city. In order for them to grow they need to have monitors day and night for the people's protection," said Monroe Davis.

This camera here in the 200 block of Broad Avenue is one of three cameras that was down today. It's located right in front of Krush Lounge and Night Club where owners are preparing to open soon.

" We had an idea of bringing a new nightlife to Albany," DJ Stacks, Co-Owner.

Owners believe that city officials will fix the camera soon and would like to see cameras on every street corner.

" Like I can feel safe walking downtown at night because I know cameras are watching and there is somebody there monitoring the cameras," said DJ Stacks, Co-Owner.

Despite a weekend shooting some say that downtown Albany is still a safe place to be.

" So it could be a little bit more patrolling downtown and more of a police presence and the cameras would help but for the most part to me Downtown Albany is a pretty safe place," said DJ Tray, Krush Owner.

Officials with the city Engineering Department tell me that a technician with Motorola will be out in Thursday morning to fix the cameras. 

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