• Hundreds of cameras, police officers, security guards will be at Pittsburgh Marathon



    We’ve seen over the past few days how security cameras have helped investigators find key clues in the Boston marathon bombings.  If you're running in the Pittsburgh Marathon next month, rest assured that cameras will be rolling.

    Channel 11 went to check on the security cameras on Thursday.  At just the intersection of 16th and Penn Avenue, Channel 11 spotted eight cameras.

    The state has 180 PennDOT roadway cameras, and the Port Authority has 260 surveillance cameras along routes and throughout the light rail system.

    City Council president Darlene Harris pointed out that Pittsburgh has had practice with making the streets safe.

    “I feel pretty confident that everything will be taken care of.  We did have the G20 (Summit) here in Pittsburgh,” said Harris.

    Before the summit, several cameras were placed throughout the Golden Triangle, bringing the city’s total to 100 cameras that include many in Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods.  Almost every large office building and retail store has an eye on the outside world as well.

    More than 350 off-duty police officers and 200 security guards will be at the marathon on May 5.  The city is asking for more volunteers to come forward.

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