Authorities in Mount Vernon plan to keep a close eye on twelve city playgrounds with new security cameras.
The Department of Public Works is installing the solar-charged, high-resolution portable cameras.
The city says the cameras will help law enforcement identify trespassers, vandals and others committing illegal activity in the playgrounds.
The mayor says that police will monitor the cameras, especially after hours.
"Complaints from residents and police response to people hanging out in the playgrounds even after they were locked helped us make this decision that will improve quality of life for people living near neighborhood playgrounds," Mayor Ernest Davis says.
The motion-detecting cameras were purchased using bond money that was designated for playground renovations.
"Cameras will certainly help us reduce incidences of vandalism and rowdiness," said Darren Morton, Commissioner of the city's Recreation Department. "Every year we have to disband groups who oftentimes damage equipment and damage or destroy equipment."