Dozens of cameras beef up Beale Street security - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Dozens of cameras beef up Beale Street security

(WMC-TV) – Big cameras, small cameras, cameras controlled by MPD; dozens of cameras are now keeping tabs on Memphis's most famous street.

Jon Shivers with Performa Entertainment said, "We have about 55 cameras right now watching the Beale Street Historical District."

Performa Entertainment, which manages Beale, added more cameras recently to not only discourage crime, but to have a clearly visible record if it occurs.

"We'll have security guards and personnel actually watching the cameras on a day and nightly basis to kind of survey the whole street and alley ways," Shivers said.

News of the enhanced security comes after Memphis Police responded to a number of fights in the area, including a video posted on YouTube, following Friday's "Memphis Madness" basketball event at FedExForum.

Memphian Rich Thomas said, "Beale Street was just named one if the most iconic streets in the country, but then you got that."

People with their cell phones are not the only ones watching. A visitor to Memphis, Simone White, said that more cameras "makes a difference."

When asked why White said, "It's more security." And more reason, she said, to feel safe.

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