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Camera-shy criminals may want to steer clear of a certain 11-block stretch of W. National Ave. Street-level activity on W. National Ave. from S. Cesar Chavez Dr. (S. 16th St.) to S. Layton Blvd. (S. 27th St.) is under video surveillance in the first wide scale exterior camera surveillance program in Milwaukee.

The mounted cameras will act as a strong deterrent against all types of crime, including theft, robbery, assault, drug activity, loitering, prostitution and vandalism to name a few, said Ald. Donovan. "This effort is a great example of a public-private partnership providing an important tool to fight crime – and all at zero cost to the taxpayers."

Badger Mutual Insurance is paying for the cameras and their installation, and Roundy's foods is paying for the signage. Also, Roundy's security personnel will help monitor the video footage captured by the cameras.

 
At a news conference announcing the new surveillance cameras, Ald. Donovan said both Badger Mutual and Roundy's have a stake in the area and the city as a whole, and he called them outstanding corporate citizens who deserve our thanks for their contributions. With the alderman, Police Chief Nannette Hegerty and representatives of the companies.