This month, police will begin installing a network of surveillance cameras downtown. The network is designed to provide a high-tech edge in the fight to bring down St. Louis' crime numbers, which topped an FBI index released last month. Similar systems are already in use from Los Angeles to New York, but law enforcement officials know the networks have limits. "The cameras are not silver bullets," said St. Louis Assistant Chief Stephen Pollihan, who is overseeing the local project. And some believe the cameras, if abused, could jeopardize privacy rights.
St. Louis gets ready to add surveillance cameras downtown, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 7, 2007.