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NORTH ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) - A series of 14 surveillance cameras in the crime ridden 21st Ward near O'Fallon Park, are designed to fight crime and now that idea may go city wide.

But FOX2's Charles Jaco shows you why some young people in the high-crime area don't think it will work.

The cameras were the brain child of 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French.

He installed 14 of them around the ward using discretionary money from his aldermanic budget.

Friday, his frequent political enemy, Mayor Francis Slay dropped in for a look:

It’s worth the money if it's going to get us the result we want which is a reduction in crime. So we're here to look at that because if you're going to put the cameras up they need to be designed right, they need to be put in the right places, they need to be monitored, and of course you need the money to be able to do it.

But a nearby group of young men, one of whom said he'd done time on weapons and assault charges, called the cameras merely cosmetic.

If y'all ain't out here helping us provide to eat, what we supposed to do? We can't do nothing but go out and rob, steal, and take what we want because we ain't got no way else to eat. It’s hard for us to get a job, anything.

Anytime you're talking about reducing crime it's a team effort and it's also multiple technologies and strategies to reduce crime.

I don't think it'll reduce crime because at the end of the day everybody got to eat whether the camera going to be there or not. There's a camera in Wal-mart but it ain't going to stop the person from coming in taking what they want. At the end of the day. Camera's just going to watch a person. They ain't going to get a response out of nobody.

But mayor slay pronounced himself satisfied.

It's absolutely something worth looking into. And I was very impressed with how this was set up.

So there may be more cameras for the 21st ward and other parts of the city.

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