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SF SAFE Partners to Install Chinatown Cameras

 

An exciting new SF SAFE partnership will see the installation of 18 new, high definition security cameras in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The collaborative effort, which also includes Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Northeast Community Federal Credit Union, will encompass Stockton Street beginning at the Sacramento Street tunnel to Washington Street.

According to a statement issued by The Office of the Mayor, the installation aims to create a safe and inviting public realm experience in the community for residents, merchants and visitors. The new cameras are anticipated to be fully installed in six to eight weeks (from the date of the July 21 statement).

In addition to acting as a publicly visible crime deterrent, the public safety cameras’ footage will be an extraordinary tool in assisting the community and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) in the event criminal activity takes place.

“These cameras are part of our work to help Chinatown continue to be an incredible community that is welcoming for both residents and visitors,” statedMayor London Breed. “This work includes expanding the number of police officers walking beats and creating a drop-in center for people to be able to report crimes. Working together with the community, we can continue to keep Chinatown safe.”

Per Supervisor Peskin in the statement, $45,000 in funding was allocated from the Chinatown Central Subway Mitigation Fund to equip the Stockton corridor with the state-of-the-art security cameras. He added that the SFPD Central Station has also committed an increased police presence on Stockton Street.

“We know that the best way to ensure the public feels safe in their neighborhoods is to listen to the feedback from residents and merchants,” stated Supervisor Peskin. “I’m pleased to see the City finally moving forward with this camera program, as a result.”

Other facets of the project include the development of an outreach plan to property owners, merchants, and stakeholders and the management of the equipment installation onto properties, according to the statement. Agreements with property owners and the approval of permits for the new cameras are part of the overall game plan.

“At SF SAFE, we believe that improving the safety of a community starts within that community. As Chinatown’s safety partner, we’re grateful for our deep ties there and for the valuable feedback we received that prompted the installation of these new security cameras. With this initiative, together we are enhancing safety throughout one of our city’s crown jewel neighborhoods, and ultimately forging a safer San Francisco,” Kyra Worthy, Executive Director, SF SAFE.

The Northeast Community Federal Credit Union’s Chief Executive Officer Lily Lo said in the statement that they are “proud to partner with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and SF SAFE for the implementation of new cameras,” noting that the project will not only improve Chinatown’s street safety and cleanliness, but it will also provide comfort and support for our merchants and residents.

This project, led by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, is part of a comprehensive strategy to support diverse small-scale investments aimed at enhancing the visitor and resident experience through economic, safe, and clean programming.

“The Stockton Street cameras are the latest in a series of community-driven investments to support Chinatown merchants and strengthen the neighborhood,” said Joaquín Torres, director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, in the statement. “In partnership with Mayor Breed, Supervisor Peskin and local nonprofits, we are committed to ensuring that Chinatown remains a clean, safe and welcoming destination for residents and visitors.”

-Kathy Chouteau