CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Surveillance cameras will soon watch over the city of Chicopee.
Surveillance video is how Chicopee Police caught two shooting suspects in a matter of weeks last month. In an effort cut into crime, the City Council voted to spend $200,000 to install eleven new surveillance cameras downtown.
Shirley Sterchak of Chicopee told 22News, she thinks it’s the best way to fight back against crime, regardless of the cost. “I think the cameras are an excellent idea. It makes it safer for the next generation coming up, and also for us too. Taxes? We’re taxed anyway so what difference does it make?” she said.
22News spoke to several downtown business owners who were all relieved to hear cameras would soon be watching over their streets. Dorthy Czajka of Bob’s Bakery said she thinks it’ll help reduce crime, and make nearby businesses feel safe. “I think it’s going to help. Yes, it’s a good idea to get cameras, especially with what’s going on now,” she said.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News the cameras will be both a resource and great deterrent. The Police Department will get a live, real-time feed from the cameras, which they can replay when needed.
Some crime has decreased in the city over the past couple of years. According to the Chicopee Police Department, there were 18 robberies as of June 1st, compared to 53 last year, and 71 in the first six months of 2013.