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Security cameras being installed near Clarksville's Ashland Park

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities in Clarksville, Indiana are hoping the installation of a number of surveillance cameras will discourage criminals near Ashland Park.

Officials tell us there hasn't been a lot of crime in the area, and they're hoping the cameras will keep it that way. 

During a news conference Wednesday morning, we learned that Clark County officials plan to use money from a federal grant to install 7 to 10 security cameras along a 4-mile stretch of the Ohio River. 

The cameras will be placed in several areas, starting at the Second Street Bridge and continuing to the Clark County line. Specifically, cameras will be installed at river mile marker 603.7 (Second Street Bridge), to the Clark/Floyd County line at river mile marker 607.

The high-resolution cameras, with thermal imaging, will not be monitored 24 hours a day, but Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer says officers will be alerted when people show up in restricted areas. 

"If somebody enters an area, like the bathrooms -- they close at a certain time -- if somebody should be in there trying to push on a door, it's going to alert us that somebody's actually in that zone," Palmer said. 

Officials say increased foot traffic from the Big 4 Bridge has brought more visitors to Clarksville and Ashland Park -- and more opportunities for crime. 

The grant that's making the cameras possible totals nearly $180,000, with the city using TIF funds to finance an additional $60,000. 

Police tell us the cameras will be especially helpful during big events like Thunder Over Louisville; the cameras will be utilized by local, state and federal law enforcement. 

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