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Sheffield leaders hope new cameras will deter crime

The city found funds to pay for the cameras, which were not budgeted for this year. (Source: WAFF) The city found funds to pay for the cameras, which were not budgeted for this year. (Source: WAFF)
SHEFFIELD, AL (WAFF) -

One of the Quad Cities is hopeful new cameras will help to deter crime and foster a better sense of security.

Sheffield Mayor Ian Sanford said he knows the entire city cannot be under watch 24-7, but he is hopeful the additional cameras will help to keep vandalism prone areas safe.

As the city of Sheffield works to rebuild, Mayor Sanford said it's important for business owners and residents to feel safe. Sanford says the city has been able to crack down and clean up an illegal dumping site with the two cameras already installed.

Without disclosing the exact locations of the cameras, city leaders said they plan to place one in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mayor Sanford is hopeful the city will be able to add additional cameras as the city continues to explore opportunities for growth and expansion.

"There are several places we know of; evil lurks in darkness," Sanford said. "We have got some places that are just not accessible and we want to know what's going on there."

Sanford said the new cameras were not budgeted this year, but the city has found funds to purchase them.

He expects additional cameras to be on the city's budget for the upcoming year. Sanford said he wants Sheffield to be known as a friendly, courteous, and above all, safe city.

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