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6 crime prevention cameras up and working in Bowling Green

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The City of Bowling Green has six new crime prevention cameras up and running. City leaders finished installing the cameras last week.        
     
If you're walking in downtown Bowling Green or leaving a bar, it's likely someone's watching you.

Bowling Green Police Division's new crime prevention cameras are up.

One BG student we spoke with had no idea an extra set of eyes were watching.
 
"Living here, I kind of see a lot of the nonsense that goes on. People get out of bars, and just all the drunk business that goes on, so I totally agree with anything to deter it, because I've actually had my tires slashed before. So I understand that a lot of stupid stuff goes on
here, so I'm all for it," says Zack Porach, a student at Bowling Green University.

Police say they've been plagued with certain crimes.

"Drunkenness, fights, disorderly conduct, vandalism, so we want to address those issues, so that's why we put them where we did," says Major Tony Hetrick of the City of Bowling Green Police Division.  

There are two cameras at Court and Main, one at Prospect and Wooster and three in downtown parking lots.

"We don't have officers in every one of these areas all the time so we hope to be able to us these camera's to help augment those boots on the ground," says Major Hetrick.  

Hetrick says, when the bars let out, sometimes the crowds get rowdy.

"We have large crowds that gather in the gas station parking lot there and we wanted to keep an eye on them," says Major Hetrick.

Workers at City Tap are all too familiar with bar fights. This bartender believes the cameras will help keep people safe and deter crimes.

"I think even just knowing that they are there keeps people from acting out so much. They know they can't get away with it. That's always a good thing at 3 o'clock in the morning on a Friday night in this town," says bartender Sarah Bonham.  

The cameras cost approximately $12,000 dollars.
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