More than a dozen security cameras are expected to be installed in the heart of Endicott's business district in an effort to deter crime.

The village board has approved spending $15,000 to develop a plan for the placement of the cameras that would be used for the network.

Mayor Linda Jackson said facial recognition and license plate reading technology would be used in the camera system that would allow police to monitor activity along Washington Avenue.

Washington Avenue in Endicott on October 19, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Jackson said cameras also would be installed at four municipal parking lots.

The mayor said the village is working with Integrated Systems from the Rochester area to develop the camera network. She said the city of Binghamton has used the company for its police cameras. The total cost of the project has not been determined.

Jackson and police chief Patrick Garey said the cameras should help address the perception by some that the Washington Avenue area is unsafe.

The mayor said she believes work on the installation of the cameras could start next spring as part of the village's plan to make a series of improvements along "The Avenue."

Garey said development of the camera network was one of the first projects he started working on when he became Endicott police chief five years ago.

Workers from Integrated Systems installed cameras at Recreation Park in Binghamton on October 21, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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