Columbia City council voting on a $616,500 contract with Statewide Security Systems Inc.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The Columbia City Council has approved a contract to add more security cameras citywide.

The board voted Tuesday night to sign off on the $620,000 deal with Statewide Security Systems, the same company that already operates most cameras in the city.

According to Terry Shealy, the President of Statewide Security, the city would own the images created by the devices, unlike in the current arrangement.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook told the council he wanted to see more cameras as the city looks to increase security. He's been evaluating the best places to put the devices as part of his analysis and review of the department since he took over in April.

"We have some proposed sites based on crime density and what we consider crime hot spots but before we announce or designate specific locations for cameras, we are going to overlay that with current cameras that are in place right now and make sure we don't have duplicate locations or redundancy. We want to make sure we are getting the biggest bang for our buck," said Chief Holbrook.

The city already has multiple cameras, particularly in the hospitality districts such as Five Points and the Vista. The cameras have been credited with helping law enforcement track down suspects in multiple crimes.

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