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Police surveillance cameras keep eye on Atlanta

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Atlanta police said they rely heavily on surveillance cameras installed in and around the downtown area.

Last year, the city had only 17 cameras. Today, police said more than 1,400 are in place.

Like police in Boston who have reviewed video of the recent bombings, Atlanta police said they can use surveillance video to identify suspects in various crimes.

"If a suspicious package comes up, if it's in the camera view, they can look at that package and they can also review the footage and see who left it," said Lt. LeAnne Browning.

Browning said officers can watch the activity going on around the cameras and zoom in if they spot anything suspicious.

"Every single camera represents an officer or could be an officer that's standing on the street corner and viewing the public and any situation that may arise," said Browning.

Many who frequent downtown Atlanta said the extensive camera network gives them an added sense of security.

"If you have the police officer on the streets, they don't see all surrounding area, but cameras are watching 24 hours," said Abas Kelil, a cab driver in Atlanta. "I'm really safe now."

With 1,400 cameras in the downtown area, police said they will now begin installing cameras in residential areas to help make neighborhoods safer.

"Turn a dark curve and see the cameras," said tourist Scott Dills. "They give us a little bit of safety there."

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