This story was originally aired by KAKE News on February 14, 2017

Wichita City Council approves Old Town surveillance cameras

BY Monica Castro

More eyes will soon be looking out for your safety in Wichita's Old Town.

Wichita City Council approved the funding Tuesday for 70 surveillance cameras to be placed all over Old Town. The Wichita Police Department will be monitoring the cameras in real time, allowing officers to get to any disturbances faster.

The cameras will have the ability to pan, tilt and zoom while recording in high definition. Police say the cameras will be monitored on Thursdays and throughout weekends. The department hopes to eventually have the cameras monitored around-the-clock all week.

The cameras, surveillance equipment and installation will cost about $750,000. The cameras come from a local company called Sandifer. The surveillance system and cameras should be in place and running by June.