Niagara County fights crime with new cameras

Posted at 2:02 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 14:02:09-04

Niagara County is rolling out new tools to keep communities safe.

The County will be using cutting-edge technology and the creation of a new crime analyst position that will focus on areas outside the City of Niagara Falls.

Niagara County will be providing four $8,000 cameras to the City of North Tonawanda, as well as additional cameras in other communities.

New crime statistics and increased concerns about public safety prompted a series of meetings between the County Legislature and the County's District Attorney.

The new FBI statistics suggest violent crime in Niagara County may have increased as much as 9% but lawmakers say the numbers can vary significantly year-to-year.

"Niagara County remains a safe, wonderful community to raise a family, but statistics like this mean that local government should act to prevent this from becoming a trend," Bradt said after meeting with District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek Friday. "We're bringing new resources to bear immediately in that fight."