ATLANTA -- After several high profile attacks and carjackings in Buckhead, the neighborhood's two busiest shopping centers are stepping up security. Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza are connecting more than 235 security cameras directly to the Atlanta Police Department's monitoring system.
This development is about more than extra cameras on the scene. It's also about the technology behind them.
If you call 911 for help Atlanta Police will instantly see the four cameras nearest your location on a screen. They are able to watch in real time as an officer responds. The dispatcher will also have access to a replay of five minutes before you called. It's a resource to search for tag numbers, suspect descriptions and witnesses.
The security cameras watching from above at Lenox Square and Phipps are now integrated in to the city's video monitoring system. By connecting private cameras to the city's system, Atlanta has more eyes on the streets without tax payer spending.
"It's very functional and economical for the city of Atlanta, because it will never become a budget buster," explained Dave Wilkinson of the Atlanta Police Foundation.
"We don't have a lot of big businesses to help support cameras," said city council member Yolanda Adrean.
Adrean wants her district near to have its share of the expected 10,000 cameras to be integrated with the city over the next two years.
It's not just businesses adding these cameras. Some neighborhoods are pooling their resources and buying cameras as well to tap in to the Atlanta Police system for a faster response.