Cops on patrol in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill will soon have a new eye in the sky to fight crime.
Deputy Inspector Anthony Tasso announced on Tuesday that four new high-tech cameras that record footage for 30 days and can be remotely controlled would be installed high on light poles at two intersections within the .
“I’m pretty excited. The cameras will hopefully deter crime and help solve them when they occur,” Tasso said during a meeting of the 88th Precinct Community Council.
Two of the cameras will be installed on Myrtle Avenue between Carlton Avenue and St. Edwards Street, and the other pair will be at the at Fulton Street.
Cops have the ability to remotely zoom, pan and tilt the cameras in true video game fashion. They can also monitor the feed live. Tasso was unsure when the cameras would be installed, but said they were coming soon.
“It’s a wonderful measure,” said Renee Collymore, who owns property at Putnam and Grand avenues. “The cameras will be a great step toward getting the neighborhood where we’ve been trying to get it to.”
Still, Collymore added that some locals would likely be uneasy with the “Big Brother” aspect of the cameras, which loom conspicuously over intersections.
But Tasso described the cameras as a vital new device in his crime fighting toolbox that comes at an opportune time, as he is ordering to move from the Atlantic Terminal mall to Myrtle Avenue in the area of the Ingersoll and Whitman houses in response to a recent uptick in crime.