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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to install overt cameras in crime hot spots. Andrew Capasso, First Coast News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Councilwoman Denise Lee said crime cameras in the city's most violent places would help lower crime in those spots. She said it would send a strong message.

"I believe they have decided that they have declared war on the community, and we have decided we'll declare war for the people," she said.

Right now, there are dozens of cameras in the downtown area. They are used mainly for traffic and crowd control. Lee believes cameras could play a big part in crime reduction.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will not say how many cameras will go up, or where. Sheriff Rutherford said they'll be able to move with crime, as it moves to different hot spots.

Councilwoman Lee says she'd like the cameras up "as soon as possible."

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