"The CitiWatch program is a vital part of Baltimore's effort to reduce violent crime in our neighborhoods. The cameras serve as a force multiplier that enables the men and women of the
The cameras, funded by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and grants from the
Much of the cameras are in the downtown area. See a map on the city's Open Baltimore web site. There are debates about how useful the cameras are - last month, five people were shot in a span of 24 hours within view of a city surveillance camera on Greenmount Avenue - but an Urban Institute study on Baltimore's cameras found that the cameras yield $1.50 in benefits for every $1 spent.
"The quality of the cameras is so high that they can record license plates over a block away and have already been used to arrest a number of robbery suspects," the newsletter said.