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Police add 37 security cameras to Las Vegas Strip

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One of the 37 security cameras Metro recently placed along the Las Vegas Strip. (FOX5) One of the 37 security cameras Metro recently placed along the Las Vegas Strip. (FOX5)

Over the past year, the Las Vegas Strip has had its fair share of crime, with everything from a stabbing in the past week to a shooting that resulted in a crash and taxicab explosion that took three lives and injured five people on Feb. 21.

Now, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it's going to have better eyes on one of the most famous streets in the world.

"Thirty-seven high-definition, full-pan-tilt zoom cameras up and down the Strip, ranging from the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas' sign all the way down to Sahara," Metro Capt. Robert Duvall told reporters Tuesday.

Receiving a more than $300,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security, Metro said the new cameras have already helped officers in the past two months they've been in use.

"We were just assisting an officer on the ground to locate a suspicious device that someone put inside some of the landscaping in one of the hotels. I think everything is OK on the event, but it was the cameras that caught it," Duvall said.

Some tourists on the Strip told FOX5 they're uneasy with what these cameras can observe.

"I do have kind of a Big Brother thing where they're watching everything I do. We should have some as semblance of freedom," a tourist from Colorado Springs said.

Police admit with the new angles they could look into many Strip hotel rooms.

But unless there's an immediate crime occurring, Duvall said that won't be tolerated.

"That will lead to discipline for the officers. Now you've got some major incident on a hotel where a guy is sitting on a ledge and threatening to jump, obviously that's a different story," Duvall said.

Metro said it has always had access to casino and traffic cameras already on the Strip, as well as eight previously placed surveillance cameras. Duvall said the department takes privacy very seriously.

"We're not here to spy on anybody. We won't be looking anywhere we shouldn't be looking," Duvall said.

Thirty-six of the 37 cameras are situated at the following locations:

  • "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign RTC pole
  • Russell Road, center median
  • El Diablo Avenue/Four Seasons Drive, north center median
  • Mandalay Bay Road, south-center median
  • Mandalay Bay Road, northeast corner
  • E. Reno Avenue, southwest corner
  • Tropical Avenue, southeast corner
  • Tropical Avenue, northwest corner
  • Rue de Monte Carlo, south-center median
  • Rue de Monte Carlo, north-center median
  • City Center Place, south-center median
  • City Center Place, north-center median
  • E. Harmon Avenue, south-center median
  • E. Harmon Avenue, north-center median
  • W. Bellagio Drive, south-to-west traffic signal
  • Paris Drive East, southeast corner
  • Bellagio Drive/Paris Drive intersection, north-center median
  • Bellagio Drive/Paris Drive intersection, northeast corner
  • Flamingo Road, southwest corner, southbound signal
  • Flamingo Road, southwest corner, east to south signal
  • Flamingo Road, northeast corner
  • Caesars Palace Boulevard, northeast corner
  • Caesars Palace Boulevard, northwest corner
  • Caesars Palace Boulevard, southwest corner
  • Casino Royal/Harrah's, southeast corner
  • South entrance of Mirage, northwest corner
  • North entrance of Mirage, southwest corner
  • Venetian, Strip entrance, northeast corner
  • Palazzo entrance, southeast corner
  • Spring Mountain Road/Sands Avenue, northeast corner
  • Spring Mountain Road/Sand Avenue, southwest corner
  • Main gate of Wynn Las Vegas, northeast corner
  • Echelon Resort Drive, northwest corner
  • Convention Center Drive, northwest corner
  • Circus Circus Drive, east sidewalk, north traffic light
  • Sahara Avenue, northeast corner

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