August 11, 2010

Tuesday night during a Commanders’ Forum , Austin police detailed how proposed police security cameras will be used to catch criminals in the Rundberg Lane area of East Austin near Interstate 35 and Sixth Street.

The plan is to install five to six cameras at a cost of $350,000.

Officials said they will be able to control the cameras at their headquarters. The security camera will be able to zoom in and get a clear picture of someone’s face from about a half block away.

APD expects the cameras near Rundberg Lane will be able to pan, tilt and zoom — however the ones on Sixth Street won’t tilt so those who live in condominiums do not have their privacy violated. In addition the cameras will not be hidden and will be labeled as police cameras.

Authorities said the cameras will likely only be manned during sting operations.

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