Surveillance cameras cover much of area

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You’re likely to appear on camera anytime you deposit a check, shop for groceries or run into a gas station to grab a pop.

Surveillance cameras are nearly everywhere these days, and more are coming to parks, trails and local government buildings.

Greenwood plans to double the number of security cameras at its parks and trails to deter vandalism, and the Greenwood Police Department soon will install a surveillance system at its training center. Franklin is adding cameras at Scott Park and Greenlawn Cemetery and recently put digital ones in at city hall.

Johnson County government doesn’t have any plans to add any at this time, but 25 already watch your every step at the county’s offices in downtown Franklin, information technology director Rob Norris said.

“You know you should be on your best behavior when you’re on camera,” he said. “Big Brother is watching.”

The cameras are becoming increasingly prevalent because they’re less expensive and more technologically advanced, Greenwood parks and recreation executive director Evan Springer said. The city now can easily deal with graffiti on a shelter house or in a park restroom by spending a few hundred dollars on a security camera to discourage it from happening again.

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