BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo has purchased three
security cameras for the Buffalo Police Department as part of UB's
ongoing efforts to improve safety and behavior in University
Heights, in cooperation with the City of Buffalo, neighborhood
residents and community leaders.
The three cameras have been installed on street corners
identified as areas of concern by the Buffalo Police Department and
UB. They are located on traffic-signal or street-light poles on the
corners of Winspear Avenue and Parkridge Street, Main Street and
Custer Street, and Englewood Avenue and Eley Place.
Purchase and installation of the cameras cost UB about $80,000.
Each new camera will provide video streaming to the Buffalo Police
Department camera room located at 74 Franklin Street.
UB President John B. Simpson said purchase of the cameras is an
example of UB's proactive approach to helping solve problems in
University Heights, which borders UB's South Campus in Buffalo.
"The steps we've taken in collaboration with neighborhood
leaders and the City of Buffalo have helped curb crime and bad
behavior in University Heights," Simpson said. "We will continue to
take a leadership role in improving safety and behavior in the
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the city was thankful for UB's
investment in the safety of University Heights residents and called
for continued community-wide efforts to reduce crime in the
"Security cameras are a proven crime deterrent and valuable
investigational tool," Mayor Brown said. "This technology will
enhance the collaborative approach taken by UB, the City of Buffalo
and University Heights residents to improve quality of life in the
The City of Buffalo began installation of a city-wide
surveillance camera system in 2007. Currently, there are more than
60 security cameras in locations around the city, with another 40
cameras to be added by the end of the year. Each camera feeds live
video to the Buffalo Police Department camera room, which stores
H. McCarthy Gipson, Buffalo Police Commissioner, said the
Buffalo Police Department continues to work very closely with
officials from UB to ensure the safety of students and residents
who live in the area.
"The new cameras will be one more crime-fighting tool used by
the department and UB," Commissioner Gipson said. "Recently, extra
patrols and security details were added by the Buffalo Police
Department to the University Heights area. Most importantly, we
want to thank the residents for working hand-in-hand with police to
help fight crime. And, of course, we thank UB for their investment
in the long-term safety of the area."
Dennis Black, UB's vice president for student affairs, said the
university has initiated several programs to help improve safety
and student behavior in University Heights.
"Purchase of the cameras is another example of how UB is working
with the City of Buffalo and our community partners to reduce crime
and improve the safety of students and residents who live in
University Heights," said Black noted. "We hope the cameras also
will serve as another deterrent to inappropriate, nuisance
behaviors that affect quality of life in the neighborhood."
Other programs initiated by UB to improve safety and behavior in
University Heights have included an agreement with the Buffalo
Police Department to target and break up disruptive parties; a new
neighborhood clean-up program; and creation of a Problem-Properties
Task Group, with neighborhood residents, that targets residences
that need better upkeep and repair.
This fall, UB again distributed 4,000 door hangers to University
Heights students and residents with tips on how students can be
good neighbors and whom residents should call if there are any
problems in the neighborhood.