Posted: May 10, 2017 12:00 pm


The Erie Downtown Partnership announced its 2017 external security camera grant funding is now open to all members in the downtown district.  The external security camera program has placed over 40 cameras in the downtown since 2015.  Funding comes from the Erie Downtown Partnership’s Care About Revitalizing Erie (CARE) Fund, a fund created to implement programs that make downtown Erie safer, cleaner and more attractive to investors, workers and visitors.

The external security camera program was launched in 2015 to address safety and crime in downtown Erie related to a business’s crime exposure risk, such as panhandling, theft and loitering.

John Buchna, Erie Downtown Partnership CEO, says, “This has been one of the most utilized programs we offer.  We get calls regularly asking about the program, as well as positive feedback from recipients of the grant who have said how the cameras have specifically helped curb crime or enabled them to identify and prosecute someone for a crime on their property.”

The Erie Downtown Partnership also conducted a crime analysis in partnership with Gannon University to track crime data within the downtown.  Since the crime analysis tracking project started in 2012, crime density has diminished year after year around areas where cameras are placed.

Buchna added, “We’re looking to increase cameras in additional areas and are working with the city of Erie Police Department and the business community to best address these needs.”

In 2016 the Erie Downtown Partnership gave grants to eleven downtown businesses and nonprofits totaling $12,255.35.

Grant applications are available online at www.eriedowntown.com, and are due to the Erie Downtown Partnership by June 16, 2017 at noon.  Applications are reviewed by a committee based on location, need and availability of funds.

For questions regarding the grant, please contact Emily Fetcko at emily.fetcko@eriedowntown.com or at (814) 455-3743.


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