Always feel like somebody's watching you? Fargo police to add cameras downtown

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In the rough-and-tumble streets of downtown Fargo, crime has dropped nearly 50 percent since a year ago, but three new police surveillance cameras are being added there by late next week.

The Associated Press, via the Fargo-Moorhead Forum, reports that three surveillance cameras were set up last fall in response to increased street-level crimes such as graffiti tagging, property damage and fights. Since crime in that area has been reduced overall by 62 percent, Fargo police said Friday they hope the new cameras will result in a similar falling crime trend.

Fear not, those of you who still cling to the notion of privacy in public spaces. WDAY-TV reports that Police Chief Keith Ternes said he has "no interest" in mounting a camera on every street corner. He says police are only interested in placing cameras in areas where crime data suggest they could be useful.

Ternes said the same policies and standards for the original cameras will apply to the new cameras. A limited number of officers have access to the footage, the AP reports, which is automatically purged after 10 days unless it is being used in an ongoing investigation.

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