The images are often gripping — surveillance video capturing crime as it happens throughout the city of Philadelphia.
DVIC is a massive intelligence- gathering outlet for Philadelphia and the five suburban counties. But Mayor Nutter says it is designed to also share information with other “fusion centers,” as they are called, in New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.
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In February, a burglar unscrewed a light bulb before breaking into a Southampton home. In March, masked thugs held homeowners at gunpoint in Oxford Circle. In April, four thieves scaled a fence to break into a Philadelphia home. What all these crimes have in common: The homeowners had surveillance cameras.
The existing camera program gives cash grants to retailers in certain commercial corridors to help pay for surveillance cameras. Mayor Nutter is hoping to expand the program.