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(Photo KXNT TJSmith) A police surveillance camera keeps an eye on things at the corner of East Fremont and 15th.

(Photo KXNT TJSmith) A police surveillance camera keeps an eye on things at the corner of East Fremont and 15th.

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Keeping the Las Vegas strip “brand” from being eroded by  crime — that’s on the agenda at tomorrow’s Clark County Commission meeting.  A package of remedies includes the use of surveillance cameras to boost the work of about 180 police officers who currently patrol the strip.  ‘

KXNT went to the East Fremont Street corridor (east of the strip) where surveillance cameras already dot the landscape. We talked with residents about the cameras.  The results were split.  Some felt safer because of the cameras, some said the level of crime has not decreased because of them.

The ACLU of Nevada has a “bifurcated” position, according to Executive Director Dane Claussen.  Nobody has a right to privacy in a public place.  On the other hand, Claussen said, too much surveillance has a chilling effect on citizen freedom.

KNXT asked Metro to discuss the Fremont Street cameras, and Metro’s conception of closed circuit television on the strip, but did not immediately receive a call back.

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