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Jeffersonville adding security cameras on its side of Big Four Bridge

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The price tag for 24 new security cameras for the city of Jeffersonville? $90,000. But the mayor wants more than that to keep visitors coming across the Big Four Bridge safe.

The now-infamous night of March 22 prompted the city of Louisville to add 28 new security cameras along the Big Four Bridge and Waterfront Park. A mob of teens violently attacked people, robbed others and vandalized property.

The city of Jeffersonville isn't about to take any chances and will add 24 new cameras along the Indiana ramp and the park at the base.

“I want to make sure people feel safe when they come over here,” explained Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.

Reaction from residents is mixed.

“Cameras I don't think help anything,” said Jerry Montgomery.

“Absolutely yeah, because in this part of town you never know what’s going to happen,” said Greg Egan.

Jeffersonville-based company Security Pros will install the high resolution cameras.

“So the camera is smart enough to know the difference between a person and a vehicle and essentially alert us that an unwanted activity is taking place in the park,” said Chris Gilbert, President of Security Pros, LLC.

But Mayor Moore thinks security cameras just won't be enough, which is why he wants to go to city council asking for something more.

“Yes, the city of Jeffersonville does need more police officers,” said Moore.

The mayor wants to hire at least five more officers within the year. In the meantime, the city will be dipping into money to pay police overtime to man the bridge 24-7 for the first few months it's open.

As for when that opening will be?

“I get the same question asked out of me repeatedly -- 'When's the bridge going to open.' I wish I could tell you, unfortunately the Mayor of Jeffersonville doesn't have that answer because the state's not willing to give me that authority,” explained Moore.

The new cameras will be paid for using money from the city's redevelopment fund.

As for who will monitor the cameras? That’s a detail still being worked out.

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