BUCKHEAD - Big cities like Atlanta have widely used street surveillance cameras for more than a decade.
Now, the Buckhead community in northeast Atlanta is trying something different. At the urging of their council person, Yolanda Adrean, citizens are putting up their own money to purchase high definition cameras.
Under a new program coordinated by the Atlanta Police Foundation, the cameras are being plugged into the Atlanta Police Department command center.
In addition to the hundreds of cameras that already monitor commercial corridors, residential blocks are now getting extra attention from the sky.
The council member said the effort is both about perception and real crime fighting. With the link to the command center, the cameras give patrol officers one more tool to make a quick response to a 911 call.