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City budgets for surveillance cameras in high-crime neighborhoods

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Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke outlines the 2017 budget with Channel 3's Dan Kennedy. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke outlines the 2017 budget with Channel 3's Dan Kennedy.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said surveillance cameras are needed in some neighborhoods as the number of shootings and homicides are up from this time last year.

Berke submitted his proposed 2017 budget Tuesday night to city council, half of which is dedicated to making streets safer.

Berke is asking for $703,000 in the 2017 Capital Budget to create a Real-Time Intelligence Center (RTIC). A Chattanooga Police Department spokesperson said they would need about $250,000 of those funds to spend on cameras in some of the city's "hot spots" for crime.

The RTIC would be a centralized intelligence, technology, analysis and investigative center in the police department. CPD said it would give detectives "real time" information to help find patterns, stop crime and capture criminals.

Seven people have been shot in the past year on West 38th Street in Alton Park. Monica McMillon, a mother of three, was shot 12 times in a drive-by while inside her home just off W. 38th St. Her murder remains unsolved but Berke hopes surveillance cameras on streets like hers will help catch criminals.

"What we want to see is, who was driving by in the moments and minutes before this shooting," he told Channel 3 Wednesday.

The Chattanooga Housing Authority (CHA) already uses cameras at places like the Emma Wheeler Homes, where surveillance just last week helped police tie a man to the city's latest homicide.

One man in Alton Park told Channel-3 that the surveillance would be an invasion of privacy, whereas others disagree.

"I wouldn't care too much about privacy when people are out here shooting and people are walking with their kids so I don't see the concern about privacy," said another Alton Park man. It's like, how can you be private outside, you know?"

City Council will vote on the proposed budget in late June.

CPD said each camera will cost around $2,500 but that storage of the video will be more expensive.

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