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Police say Waterfront Park cameras are working

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- More than 30 new cameras were installed at Waterfront Park after police say dozens of teenagers went on a crime spree earlier this year. It happened in March during a gathering of about 200 teens.

Since that incident in March, police say the cameras have prevented the same thing from happening again and business owners in this area appreciate that.

Metro Police are not shy when it comes to monitoring the Waterfront Park Area.

Nick Taha recently opened Water Front Mart on Witherspoon, in spite of concerns from family and friends.

"They say, oh, why you opening right there?" said Taha.

He made the decision to open despite of the violence in March. "First of all, I thought that was crazy," Taha said.

The craziness started when more than 200 youth gathered at the park one weekend and according to witnesses and police ran rampant.

"Public safety is our main focus here," Detective Brandon Lincoln said.

Shortly after the violence, Metro Police installed more than 30 cameras.

Detective Brandon Lincoln explained, "We always want to make sure that people feel safe in any environment that they're at or any event that they may come to."

Detective Lincoln says the cameras are getting the job done.

"It has deterred crime, and not only has it deterred crime but it has also enhanced our ability to assist any detectives or police officers that have any kind of incidents that they're investigating down there," he said.

Detective Lincoln says the cameras recently led police to a group of teens who were starting to get rowdy.

"We were able to actually track those individuals from the time that they entered the park, which was near the great lawn, and actually went from camera to camera, following their footsteps towards the great...big four bridge," explained Detective Lincoln.

Nick Taha is glad the cameras are in place, but believes the sight of an actual officer is still the best deterrent.

"I feel more safe with them. More than the cameras," said Taha.

The videos are monitored in two locations: at metro corrections and the MetroSafe office.

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