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Anti-crime cameras installed in Bronx business district

BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) — Anti-crime cameras are up and working in The Throggs Neck Business Improvement District.

Community leaders and the NYPD say it will hold all eyes on any criminality occurring in the neighborhood.

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“Anybody that’s doing anything illegal in the Throggs Neck bid, we are going to be looking at you,”  stated Bob Jaen, Throggs Neck Business Improvement District Executive Director

The message is loud and clear. With a few dozen of anti-crime cameras installed, eyes are on everyone, and crime shouldn’t be welcomed in this neighborhood.

“You will have every single inch from Bruckner and Tremont to Miles and Tremont. Every single inch, I can turn around and see hair growing on your face,” added Jean.

For Joe Demarco, proprietor of an Italian deli on Tremont Avenue, reckless and rushing drivers are what issues him essentially the most. He says for him and his business. It is private.

“Speeding actually killed my employee’s mom. That is how she lost her mom. About Six years ago,” he stated.

The cameras are monitored in real-time by the 45th precinct and police headquarters.

“So if something happens we can actually go live or reviewed. We use that as a tool to aid on an investigation and also serves as additional tool for prosecution services,” said Johnny Orellana, NYPD Deputy Inspector and head of the 45th precinct.

There are 321 companies in the district; Jaen says this additional layer of safety is already yielding outcomes.

“Three days after the cameras were installed a lady was attacked and mugged at 10 o’ clock when she was walking to the bank. Came up behind. Body slammed her and ran. Guess what we got him on camera.”

He is hopeful the cameras will even assist crack down on unlawful marijuana retailers.

“Right now, I believe there are 9 in the bit.  These cannabis stores, when they get robbed, they are not calling the police. We are not going to allow this cancer to come into this neighborhood.”

The cameras had been made attainable with funding from NY State Assembly Member Michael Benedetto. PIX11 News has  realized that 400-thousand {dollars} had been allotted for this venture

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