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Hundreds of Security Cameras Installed in Borough Park, Midwood

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Two Brooklyn neighborhoods are launching a million-dollar security initiative by installing hundreds of surveillance cameras.

Security company SecureWatch24 installed 320 cameras at 80 locations throughout commercial districts and residential areas between Borough Park and Midwood.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who launched the initiative, says he pushed for the project after a child disappeared a few years ago.

He says a private camera helped detectives crack the case.

Hikind says that the cameras should act as both a deterrent and an investigative tool.

"Took a lot of work, but we're here to say, this is wonderful, wonderful for our community," Hikind said.

"It will have a twofold purpose, making community individuals walking in the streets safer and having that deterrent to potential terrorism," said Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein of Brooklyn.

Residents also raised concerns about privacy issues, but the president of Securewatch24 says that the memorandum of understanding signed with the New York City Police Department allows them access to the cameras only to investigate a crime and not to constantly monitor the feeds.

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