University Neighborhoods near SU likely to get crime cameras

Former SU student raises $94,000 for 8 cameras on Euclid Ave and Stratford St.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Eight more crime cameras are just one Syracuse Common Council vote away from being installed in the city and not where you might think.

Councilors briefly discussed the proposal at their Wednesday study session and are expected to vote on it Monday.

The plan is to put the cameras at eight locations along Euclid Avenue and Stratford Streets not far from the Syracuse University campus.

Alexander Lynch, a former SU student and now University Department of Public Safety employee is spearheading the project.

"As a student I felt that there wasn't enough being done to reduce crime off campus so I took it upon myself to conduct research about the crime happening off campus."  He tells NewsChannel 9.

What Lynch discovered through the Onondaga Crime Analysis Center is that a total of 2,556 crimes occurred in the University Hill and University Neighborhoods between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015.

He says his research also found a large majority of the 10,000 students living off campus there had concerns about it.

He has been able to raise $94,000 dollars to buy 8 crime cameras that Syracuse Police can install on Eucild Avenue and Stratford Street.

$54,000 dollars of the project is committed from three SU student organizations while the remainder has been committed by landlords with properties in that area.

Lynch says, "I'm very happy.  My ultimate goal is to reduce crime in the neighborhood.  The neighborhood is made up of mostly students and I want my peers to feel safe off campus."

Lynch says he’s also received financial commitments from landlords for future phases of this project.

SU Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado says he was so impressed with Lynch’s work on this plan they extended a job offer to him to coordinate this and other technology projects for the office.

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