The city of Greenville has stepped up its security in 2018 with the addition of 170 new security cameras in specific areas around town, increasing the total number of cameras in the city by 54 percent.

The Greenville Police Department is using the more than 500 cameras to keep an eye out on any given spot in the city.

“Number one, we hope it makes the public feel safe to know that we are always watching out for them along main thoroughfares, in our business district and our downtown area,” said Cpt. Chris Ivey, field operations bureau commander with Greenville police. “And number two, we hope that people who would be intent on committing a crime would see those blue lights and say ‘Hey, maybe we need to go to another town or another county or somewhere else and commit our crime elsewhere.” 

ECU student Morgan Leanobles works in uptown and said she appreciates the extra security.

“During the wintertime, a lot of the time when I get off work it’s dark outside, and I have to walk alone to my car,” said Leanobles. “So, to have cameras around really increases the peace of mind and makes me feel safer.” 

And the locations of each new camera are not random. 

“Maybe it’s a main traffic flow area, main ingress or egress from the city or into a neighborhood, but some of them we put are actually in areas data identified as having some challenges with criminal activity,” Ivey said. 

Greenville police said more cameras and more lighting will be coming in 2019 to areas around the city that have not been covered.