GILROY (CBS 5) – Gilroy officers have a new tool to target criminals downtown.

The city recently rolled out high-definition infrared, pan, tilt and zoom surveillance cameras that will record just about everything that happens on Monterey St.

“It’s quality is very high. It’s able to read license plates one block north or south of its current location,” said Chad Gallacinao of the Gilroy Police Department. “The prevention of crime would be the number one goal. Number two would be to use the video for investigative means.”

Gilroy police say that the $50,000 camera system was made possible by a $20,000 contribution from the Downtown Business Association. The group hopes to reverse a perception that there is a higher crime rate downtown. The association also recently added outdoor speakers to provide music, and newer landscaping and banners to attract shoppers.

So far only one camera is up and running, but there are plans to add five more along Monterey St.

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