By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Nutter Administration is trying to nail down funding for what could be a major expansion of crime surveillance cameras in the city.

The existing camera program gives cash grants to retailers in certain commercial corridors to help those businesses pay for their surveillance cameras. Mayor Nutter says he hopes to expand that program both geographically, so it is citywide and in scope, so that homeowners could apply as well business owners.

“We want to expand that network, and whether it’s in Old City, New City or any other part of Philadelphia, we want to expand outdoor video surveillance. (It’s) very helpful.”

And the program would set standards for the types of equipment to be used. Nutter says this expansion of the crime camera program will come “soon.” We asked his spokesman for clarification, and he said they hope to have the program announcement before the summer.

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