162 Philly rec centers, playgrounds to get surveillance cameras

The multi-million dollar initiative to install surveillance cameras at more than 100 Philadelphia rec centers and playgrounds follows last summer’s spate of violent incidents at these community hubs.

The spree included several shootings and a rape.

“We need reliably safe places for young people to congregate and this is just another step,” said Joseph Corrigan, spokesperson for Eighth District Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who chairs Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs.

It’s hoped that the cameras will deter crime. In the case of an incident, surveillance footage will be made available to the Philadelphia Police Department.

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