City Councilman James Vacca announced Tuesday that more than $4 million will be dedicated to beefing up security at the New York City Housing Authority’s Pelham Parkway and Throggs Neck Houses over the next three years.
The money will be used to install security cameras at both complexes which currently have none.
The announcement comes just weeks after an 88-year-old woman was killed in her Pelham Parkway apartment.
Investigators say security cameras would have helped in the search for her killer.
Vacca says cameras will stop crimes like this before it starts.
"I believe that when you have cameras, you catch people performing minor acts of crime, those minor acts are often a prelude to committing more serious and violent crime," Vacca said. "I wanna nip crime in the butt and these will do it."
A NYCHA official says the money is part of $42 million in capital funding that will be used for buying security equipment citywide.
Installations at Pelham Parkway and Throggs Neck Houses will start in 2013.