Columbus police hope cameras help deter vandalism

COLUMBUS — Columbus city officials say they’re installing cameras along the Riverwalk pedestrian trail to try to prevent vandalism in the area.

Three juveniles were arrested July 19 after police said they caught the teens spray-painting vulgarities on a bridge that’s part of the trail near the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The teens were charged with malicious mischief.

Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John tells The Commercial Dispatch that the number and location of the cameras will be decided this week.

After receiving complaints from citizens in mid-July, the chief assigned officers to work overtime watching the old U.S. Highway 82 bridge that’s part of Riverwalk. About four officers per night, wearing camouflage clothing, have taken shifts to watch the Riverwalk area.

The Associated Press

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