Small Towns Turn to Surveillance Cameras to Keep Policing Costs Down

In Sanborn, Minn., no money for police, but enough funding to have cameras monitoring main streets


County Sheriff Rick Morris said that some people "are thinking we're sitting up here in Redwood Falls watching Sanborn, and that's not true." The sheriff's office will be able to tap into the computer system when needed, said Morris, who has seven patrol deputies for the 874-square-mile county.

However, Jerry Ratcliffe, a consultant to the nonprofit Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, said, "Offenders are very good at looking at the position of cameras" and figuring out how to get around them.