SUTTON PLACE, NY — The NYPD Precinct tasked with watching over the Sutton Place neighborhood is gaining a new tool to monitor some of the area's hard-to-patrol areas such as Cul-de-sacs and parks, city officials announced Friday.
Starting in 2019, NYPD security cameras will be installed at seven locations in the mostly-residential neighborhoods, City Councilman Ben Kallos and Keith Powers said. Both council representatives pitched in to fund the cameras after a proposal gained broad support during the last participatory budgeting cycle, but not enough votes to secure funding.
"We're here to talk about quality of life and making sure that every park in our neighborhood has the best quality of life and is as safe as possible," Kallos said Friday.
Here's a list of locations where the security cameras will be installed:
- East 58th Street and Sutton Place South cul-de-sac;
- East 57th Street and Sutton Place South cul-de-sac;
- East 56th Street and Sutton Place South cul-de-sac;
- East 55th Street and Sutton Place South cul-de-sac;
- East 54th Street and Peter Detmold Park Esplanade cul-de-sac;
- East 53rd Street and Sutton Place South;
- East 50th Street and Beekman Place cul-de-sac;
Captain Conor Wynne of the 17th NYPD Precinct said that these areas provide geographical challenges for patrol officers because they aren't easily accessible by car. The new cameras will be "instrumental" in making residents feel safe while visiting neighborhood green spaces such as Sutton Place Park South and Peter Detmold Park, Wynne said.
"Hopefully we won't need them that often," Wynne said. "It gives people visiting the parks a sense of security."
Officials also noted that the security cameras, specifically the large signs announcing the presence of cameras, will act as a crime deterrent in the area. Kallos and Powers allocated a total of $245,000 to fund the cameras, many of which will be mounted on existing street light poles at the locations, officials said.
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