Security cameras cropping up around town

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you've got a sharp eye, you may have noticed it. More and more cameras are cropping up all over town.

The Secret Service and CMPD officials have been tight-lipped on a lot of security details. They don't want to reveal too much.

But we've been told by reporters in other convention host cities to expect the installation of a lot of cameras, and security experts tells us they're sure cameras like this are DNC-related.

"The downtown grid is going to get saturated for the DNC. And those cameras will probably stay," says Chris Swecker is a security expert, formerly with the FBI.

He says city officials won't want to take them down - they are expensive to install and they can help control crime.

"They are a tremendous way to increase the vision and scope of the police department," Swecker says.

"But it's still an invasion of our privacy," says Charlotte resident Teagan Rhodes.  She doesn't want to feel like Big Brother's always watching. "It's just going to be too much," she says.

So should you be concerned about your privacy?

Fill up your tank...grab some money out of the ATM...stroll past the majority of businesses these days...and electric eyes will be watching.

One study found that the average person living in an average city is caught on camera 75 times a day.

Take a city that's been outfitted for a DNC or an RNC, though, and that number will increase dramatically. Swecker thinks the city will eventually link up with private biz cams.

"What you can look for in the future is to have those cameras knit in with the police department, which has happened in London," Swecker says.

In London, the average person is caught on camera 300 times a day.

Still, there are clear advantages when it comes to fighting crime.

"People will hesitate to do things when they know there's a camera nearby," Swecker says. "And secondly, it helps the department with leveraging their manpower. You can't put a cop on every corner."

Charlotte resident William Alexander says he's happy to have them.  "I feel very safe," he says.