2009-09-17 / Local & State

Crime Cameras Blanket City In Pa. Amish Country

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A city in the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country is home to a controversial high-tech crime-fighting experiment.

Authorities in Lancaster are completing the installation of 165 surveillance cameras.

The city of 54,000 had only three murders last year, but authorities say the cameras have helped deter and solve crimes.

The number of cameras is more than some big cities have, including Philadelphia, San Francisco and Boston.

Some critics worry about privacy issues and abuse by civilian monitors.

Opponent Charlie Crystle says he thinks the city is using fear to justify the project.

The ACLU also opposes the project because the cameras blanket the city instead of targeting specific areas.

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