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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Is it the beginning of Big Brother or a way to save lives?

A system of ten crime-monitoring cameras are going up soon in north St. Louis. While similar cameras are already in place, watching over the downtown bar district.

21st Ward Antonio French says he hopes the new cameras will aid detectives in areas where witnesses may be unwilling to testify.

“Sometimes these areas just become highways of drug activity,” French said. “Kids as far as Chesterfield and St. Charles are coming down to our neighborhoods to find and purchases their drugs.”

The $300,000 contract with ADT Security Services will be paid for through city capitol improvement funds. The wireless network cameras can either be controlled by an operator, or set on automatic sentry mode.

If proven successful Police Chief Isom hope more cameras will be ramped up in the future.

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