Central West End to get dozens of surveillance cameras, paid by Washington University

10:30 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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By Casey Nolen

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It was a shocking crime. Megan Boken, was shot to death in a robbery attempt in the Central West End over the summer.

On Wednesday night we got word the Central West End is going to a high-tech neighborhood watch and getting dozens of new security cameras, largely paid for by what you may call a very wealthy neighbor.

The Central West End is not only home to restaurants and shops and nice homes, but also Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University Medical Center. The way they see it, they've got a lot to protect in the neighborhood.

She didn't know the 23-year-old who police say was shot for her cell phone.

"I mean I was there when she was shot. I was sitting there in my apartment working on my computer when this poor young woman was shot," said Anna Forder.

But Forder still pays her respects to Boken four months after she was murdered less than one block from her apartment.

"I feel very sad for her family and for her and for her life," said Forder.

Her death on a sunny Saturday afternoon shocked many, and spurred the neighborhood where it happened to take action, installing more security cameras with a goal of 90 in the next few years.

But now the program should be complete by spring with Washington University's Medical Center paying for more than half the cost. It's a partnership with the Central West End's Neighborhood Security Initiative, which already pays for extra police patrols, and is credited with slashing crime in half since it started in 2008.

Washington University says the neighborhood is on track to have the fewer of crimes in 2012 than it has in decades. Still, the dozens of cameras are a priority.

[Reporter]: "It seems like a lot of security for one neighborhood?

"It is. But it's the right steps to make. We have millions of dollars that have been invested in the Central West End and we want to make sure that that investment continues and that those investments are protected," said Brooks Goedeker with the Washington University Medical Center.

"I'm sad that our society has come to that we have to have cameras to watch each other. Isn't that a sad way to live," said Forder.

The $750,000 program should be up and running by April.



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