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Atlanta to use cameras to protect Peachtree racers

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The city of Atlanta announced a plan to prevent a potential terror attack during the 2013 Peachtree Road Race.

Among the tools police will use to keep the Peachtree safe is the city's security cameras.

Atlanta Chief of Police George Turner said the use of the city's 1,300 plus cameras will play a major role in protecting the public during this year's road race.

"We have to have those cameras to have the situational awareness to make and move our resources around as we see changes," Turner said.

Turner said during a mid-morning news conference that the city started utilizing the video technology last year.

"We started off last year with about 50 cameras, but now we have over 1,300 cameras that are fully integrated into the video integration center," Turner said.

With the cameras, officers can monitor the people and events all along the race route.

Right now, there are not enough cameras to cover the entire running route.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who called the morning news conference, said he will push for the acquisition of even more monitoring devices.

"We're also going to make a significant push under Chief Turner's supervision to make sure this route is completely covered," Reed said.

Atlanta's mayor believes camera coverage is critical.

On Monday, he suggested the Boston bombing suspect's identification less than 72 hours after the attack is proof enough.

"There is no serious person that would argue that the murderers would not have been brought to justice as quickly as they were able to bring that awful situation to a close without video technology," Reed said.

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