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Cameras throughout Houston may help prevent terroristic attacks

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The terror that struck Boston is only made worse knowing the bomber is still on the loose. Investigators are asking for cell phone photos and videos in hopes of changing that. Pictures often capture good times but in this case investigators hope someone has cell phone video or photos to help catch a criminal, the bad guy who bombed the Boston Marathon.

"It's scary," says Houstonian Jennifer Lenz.

Now many are saying this is exactly why cities should have more surveillance cameras in place around town.

"I think it's a good idea to have more cameras especially at playgrounds. I don't know that it's an invasion of privacy if you're not doing anything wrong," says Lenz.

"I think I would feel safer just because officers would see what's going on and who's around. What would I say to people who say it's an invasion of privacy? Don't do anything bad," adds Houstonian Catherine Hull.

"It would keep us safer in public if the cameras are on the street, downtown, at the park. I would feel safer with more cameras," explains Adrian Ovalle.

Sugar Land has a number of cameras around town, including several automatic license plate readers. Recently when two women were attacked, pepper sprayed and robbed the crook didn't get far. "We were able to search our system and locate that suspect just with the camera technology," says Assistant Chief Eric Robins with the Sugar Land Police Department.

Sugar Land police also works with homeowner's associations and residents, utilizing their home surveillance cameras and even beyond that. "We've got a partnership with some of our businesses that allows us to gain access to their camera systems as well. We believe the camera technology throughout the city will benefit the citizens greatly. It's going to be a deterrent for any crime," Robins says.

The City of Houston, METRO, Houston Transtar together have about 2,000 cameras placed around town.

As for Sugar Land, a project is in the works to expand cameras to every major entrance and exit to the city. "We're going to put cameras around the city on the perimeters as well as on our major thoroughfares," Robins adds.

After the bombing in Boston some are saying giving officers a bird's eye view is definitely a good thing.

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