Gaming giant Caesars Entertainment and REIT– SL Green Realty Corporation proposed to increase the number of police officers by Times Squaredeploy surveillance drones and install artificial intelligence cameras.
Companies seek to obtain a license to build a casino in New York. In early 2022, state legislators approved the city square as one of the locations for the facility.
Caesars Entertainment and SL Green Realty are trying to get local restaurant owners, retailers and builders to support the project.
In their letter, the companies pledged to use a portion of the gambling proceeds to improve the safety and sanitation of the area. The funding could be used to more than double the number of police officers and deploy surveillance drones, they said.
Also, according to the letter, the arrival of the casino square will lead to the installation of about 50 new artificial intelligence cameras “strategically located throughout Times Square. Each such device is capable of tracking more than 85,000 people a day.
A new gambling house could have a huge economic impact on the area and the city as a whole. Tourists and New Yorkers have been slow to return to Times Square since the coronavirus pandemic, in part because of the recent panic over rising crime rates.
However, experts believe that increasing surveillance is a bad decision.
According to the head of the human rights organization STOP Alberta Fox Kahn, adding a fleet of AI cameras and drones will make it impossible for people to even walk down the street unsupervised.
“The system will start wasting money, ripe for abuse and will do nothing with real criminals,” he said to the publication. Gizmodo.
SL Green Realty spokesman Jack Lynch said the company is working closely with the community and former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. The ex-officer helped develop a plan to find the best solution to make Times Square “a safer place for everyone,” he said.
Caesars Entertainment did not respond to a request for comment.
Recall that in September the San Francisco City Council voted to provide law enforcement access to private security cameras in real time.
In July, New Orleans authorities decided to resume the use of biometric identification systems by police.
In February, human rights activists found 25,000 cameras in New York City monitoring citizens in public space.
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