The city of Binghamton has been expanding its network of license plate readers and surveillance cameras.

Mayor Richard David launched the plate reader initiative last year with plans to install the devices at most entrances to the city.

In addition to the units at border points, the mayor said a license plate reader has been placed in the area of the Court Street bridge downtown.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Tuesday, David said that unit was installed at the request of the police department.

Two plate readers monitoring traffic now are in place on Glenwood Avenue, just west of the Clinton Street intersection in front of John Hus Presbyterian Church.

The mayor said about two dozen license plate readers have been installed around the city. At this time, he doesn't expect to seek funding for more readers.

But David said Binghamton will be adding more surveillance cameras in various locations in the year ahead. He said about six additional cameras may be installed.

The mayor said those cameras will be placed in spots where police department officials believe "they would be the most useful."

David said there are about a couple of dozen plate readers installed in Binghamton. He was unsure how many surveillance cameras are now in operation.

A police surveillance camera on Court Street in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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