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St. Cloud phasing in surveillance cameras with help from business community

St. Cloud is relying on businesses, such as financial services company ING, to pay for surveillance cameras in its downtown area.

The St. Cloud Times says the idea for the cameras came up three years ago, when a St. Cloud State University student’s body was found in the river. The man’s family donated $5,000 for the cause, but police needed $230,000 to set up a 13-camera system.

Now ING has installed four web-based cameras outside its building and police can monitor them online.

Police say that’s the first step in a plan to have cameras all along the St. Germain corridor. Cameras also will be put on the Civic Center, the new St. Cloud Public Library and the police headquarters building under construction, Police Chief Dennis Ballantine said.

Surveillance cameras are used in Minneapolis, St. Paul and many other large cities in the United States and around the world.

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