Will security cameras help with safety in downtown Augusta?

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, July 17, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- If you're heading downtown, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office will be watching.

Deputies will be watching your every move 24 hours a day through 32 security cameras.

"I guess I'm just an anti-tax person," said downtown property owner Mike Walraven.

He's on the fence about a new tax district. Walraven fought hard to get rid of the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative, also known as CADI. This new plan would pay for nine additional deputies working the downtown district.

"That's kind of like what CADI was supposed to give us," Walraven said.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree says his plan is nothing like CADI. He says all money collected will pay for more deputies.

"Not only that it becomes a motto for a program throughout this county," Roundtree said.

"I think the package looks good," said City Administrator Fred Russell.

The extra eyes in the sky will happen once the lighting and trees are trimmed at the Riverfront. The question remains if all this will make people feel safer downtown.


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