SOULARD (KMOX) – Sixteen new security cameras of different types are going to be installed in Soulard, including license plate scanners.

The money is coming mainly from the proceeds from the Mardi Gras Mayor’s Ball. The Soulard Restoration Group, Business Association and the community also pitched in.

The money goes into the Mardi Gras Foundation Community Improvement Grants, which in the past have been used to plant trees, install wrought iron fences and lights and help fund the Blues Museum.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the cameras will allow “more information, more quickly in the hands of the people that need it.”

The new Soulard security cameras will be monitored by the St. Louis Police Real-Time Crime Center.

St. Louis police now monitor about 500 surveillance cameras throughout the city, with 23 cameras capable of reading license plates.

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