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New Security Cameras Downtown Help Stop Crime

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Statewide Security Systems is the private company which owns the security cameras on Main Street. The city is negotiating with the company so that the cameras can be left up. Statewide Security Systems is the private company which owns the security cameras on Main Street. The city is negotiating with the company so that the cameras can be left up.

By: Sam Davis

Columbia police say more than 20 security cameras in downtown Columbia are helping to reduce crime in an area that could use some help.

Sammi's Deli on Main Street had its windows shattered twice before the cameras were put up in late December. Owner Hassan Addahoumi thinks the cameras are playing a big role in cutting crime and vandalism

"Since we established the security cameras on Main Street, the crime rates, and the vandalisms, and the trash getting out on the streets every day is going down and down," Addahoumi said.

Sariah Harris, an employee at General Mast Store, has also noticed improvements.

"Well from what I've heard, crime has already dropped." Harris said. "So I think that's a good thing. Anything that makes crime drop is obviously a good thing."

But where do the cameras come from? And are they here for good? Labeled in big yellow lettering that says "CPD", the cameras don't actually belong to the Columbia Police Department. A private company called Statewide Security Systems put the cameras up for a New Years Eve celebration. Now, the city is negotiating to keep the cameras up.

Main Street employees think it's in everyone's best interest to get a deal done.

"Hopefully they can find a way to pay for it, cause that has to be pretty expensive. But, its proactive," Harris said.

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