Much of downtown Spokane under surveillance

SPOKANE, Wash. – With the increasing use of traffic cameras and surveillance cameras, a large area of downtown Spokane is now being watched on video nearly continuously.

The Spokesman-Review reports security cameras are watching River Park Square mall, the Spokane City Hall, The Spokane Transit Authority Plaza, the federal building, post office, the Pavilion in Riverfront Park and numerous businesses. Nearly 50 intersections in Spokane County are managed by traffic cameras.

While some worry about the privacy invasion, Marla Nunberg of the Downtown Spokane Partnership says the mere presence of a camera can be a deterrent to crime.