The Waterfront, located just outside Pittsburgh's city limits, has invested in new security cameras to deter crime after two fatal shootings this summer, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The cameras have been installed to help combat the perception that the lifestyle/hybrid center is dangerous, according to the paper.
Much of the bad news for The Waterfront came in 2008. Two weeks before [Brian K.] Lee was killed, Brendan Brooks, 38, of Homewood was fatally shot outside the nearby Eat 'n Park restaurant.
Fuddruckers and the Rock Bottom Brewery were held up at gunpoint in the preceding months.
The new security cameras, the paper reports, will record faces and licence plates of those entering and leaving the area by car. A Department of Homeland Security grant helped finance $75,000 worth of the $100 million project. The Waterfront expects to receive the last $25,000 from the state.
In addition to the cameras, Developers Diversified Realty, which owns the complex, says it has security patrols from both hired private security guards and local police departments. After the shootings, Developers Diversified Realty added one more layer of defense: it hired local off-duty police officers to help patrol the complex during the weekends.
"As always, security of our employees, shoppers and tenants is a top priority," said The Waterfront spokeswoman, Robin Lybarger. "We are pleased Allegheny County received funds from the Department of Homeland Security to install security cameras at the center. While The Waterfront already has 24-hour security, we hope the cameras add another layer of deterrence."