Charleston, S.C., to Use Municipal Surveillance System

Historic town considering plan to deploy more cameras at municipal buildings, high-crime areas

Homeland security cameras are emerging in many smaller cities as a way to monitor crime, and to collect evidence in case there are no other leads in certain incidents, the Washington Post story reported.

Charleston is no different than those other small cities, officials said. And they said they hope criminals take notice of the new surveillance.

"We hope they (criminals) move out of the city," Molgaard said.

The city just began three weeks ago purchasing the cameras and equipment of the Public Works Complex and the Sanitary Board offices. Those departments will provide half of the money for the cameras and the rest will come from the most recent state homeland security grant.