NEWARK, Del. (AP) – Newark is doubling its surveillance network with the purchase of seven more security cameras to help police monitor crime.

Police Master Cpl. Gerald Bryda says the current network of seven lightpost surveillance cameras has helped police catch suspects in several assault and drunken-driving cases over the last six months.

The existing network cost the city $200,000, but the additional cameras will cost about $61,000. They will be paid for through a combination of three federal grants.
The current camera network covers areas of Main Street and Cleveland Avenue. The new cameras will cover Elkton and Chapel roads.

City officials plan to eventually link the surveillance network with the University of Delaware’s network of 32 cameras.

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