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Ocean City to Install More Crook-Catching Boardwalk Cameras

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Close to 500 arrests, more than 200 criminal citations, and 55 DUI arrests were made in just one month alone, this past July, according to Ocean City Police data.

"This summer there were a few isolated incidents that made the Ocean City community feel that the boardwalk wasn't exactly the safest environment," said OCPD spokeswoman Lindsay O'Neal.

So to make it safer, nine additional cameras will sit high above the Ocean City Boardwalk, recording every step, turn and move you make; bringing the total to 18 cameras on the boardwalk..

"We're not looking to figure out what every person is doing all the time; that's not our goal. We're just trying to maintain a level of safety on the boardwalk," said O'Neal.

The crook-catching cameras will zero in for facial recognition, making it hard for suspects to get away. Ocean City officials said this project will cost around $150,000.

Councilman Dennis dare hopes "big brother" technology can take care of this big problem in Ocean City.

"There will still be a strong police presence on the boardwalk, coupled with the cameras we will be able to react quicker to any possible situations," said Councilman Dare.

Some folks wonder why the town is rushing into an expanded monitoring program, instead of using the nine cameras it already has, which police said aren't even being monitored because no one has been hired to do so. But, still, others said additional cameras are comforting.

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