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Dewey Beach Adds Surveillance Cameras for Safety

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DEWEY BEACH, Del.- Dewey Beach police have added security cameras in 10 locations along Route 1. The surveillance system cost $98,000 and was funded by grants, as well as police funds.

Eight of these cameras are actually on Route 1 while two are just off on side roads.

According to Sgt. Cliff Dempsey, the cameras will be used as a crime deterrent. Since they are highly visible, the cameras are meant to stop criminal activity before it happens.

Also, Dempsey said the cameras will give the police the ability to put eyes on an incident before they can arrive.

Police said dispatchers will be monitoring the camera feeds and be able to see them 24/7.

One big problem police say the town of Dewey Beach faces is alcohol induced crime when people come in for the summer. Dempsey said he hopes the surveillance will help reduce such incidents.

Local hotspots Hammerheads and Starboard have cameras right outside. Hammerheads bartender Brian Wright said he thinks they will keep his customers safe.

"All my friends walking home from the bars you want to be concerned for their safety and stuff especially when it's dark out," he said. "When I first heard about [the cameras] I thought it was kind of creepy, but now that I think about it I think it's a good idea considering all the pedestrians that were killed last year and got hit by all the cars."

Starboard employee Matthew Kasper said that people can still have fun as long as they don't do anything wrong. He hopes the cameras don't cause people privacy concerns.

"You don't have to worry about it if you're not doing anything wrong," Kasper explained. "So I think if you're having a good time and you're having fun and that's the case then there's no reason to worry."

Once the summer comes, police said they might add signs to make the cameras even more apparent.

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