Indianapolis Adds Cameras For Super Bowl
With every Super Bowl, the host city is expected to be clean and safe. Indianapolis won the bid for this season’s big game largely because of the then new Lucas Oil Stadium, its fairly small and easily-traversed downtown area and it’s relatively low incident of crime. Since winning the bid in May 2008, the city has added the majority of its current sixty-eight cameras. Now, with the Super Bowl looming, they plan to add another twelve in the immediate vicinity of the stadium.
City officials don’t mask the fact that much of what they’re doing now with security and infrastructure has more to do with tourism than the future of the city itself. The Department Of Homeland Security is leading the charge and has the full support of local businesses and citizens. The cameras are being installed for the Super Bowl but they will remain in place indefinitely, with a full-time officer monitoring the feeds.
It is unclear what impact the cameras have had on local graffiti. Indianapolis is a city that likes to arrest graffiti writers and embarrass them, but is not very serious about covering their work. Even though police in Indy have used night-vision and other tools to catch writers in the past, much of the graffiti remains even after the perpetrator has served their sentence. The cameras may help with vandalism, but they are meant, first and foremost, to protect the many thousands of tourists expected in February.
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