Surveillance cameras were installed in response to an
outraged community after the sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl at the Seward Park Library. New York City funded the library for a full 21 camera surveillance system. Officials say since the installation, there have been no incidents of harassment, drug use or possession, burglaries, or robberies; all crimes that were seen often in the previous years.
Officials reported a rise in graffiti and property damage, which they believe is a result of cameras actually catching these incidents happen.
Since the installation at the Seward Park Library,
surveillance systems been installed in 27 branches throughout the city.
Residents of the Lower East Side believe surveillance is a
proactive approach to keeping their community safe.