STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - City leaders in Oktibbeha County took the next step to keep highly visited areas safe.
Starkville Police recorded a big rise in crime in the area earlier this year.
Those investigations included gunfire at McKee Park, a place many parents enjoy bringing their children.
Hunter Brown is a father to his 18-month-old son.
He is one of those parents who likes to bring his child to the playground at the park; however, he fears sometimes it isn't the safest place for kids.
“There’s been a few times we haven’t come here just because of the stories we’ve heard in the past," explained the Starkville resident.
City leaders heard parents' concerns.
To try easing some of their worries, officials decided to add nearly $50K worth of security cameras throughout Starkville, starting with McKee Park.
Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said she believes these cameras will hold people accountable for their actions in public places.
“With those cameras, there’s a way to identify and then make responsible those people who were taking advantage of the public’s trust," said Spruill.
Along with McKee Park, Spruill said the city will add surveillance cameras and license plate readers to the Sportsplex.
She hopes to have them up and working within the next month, which makes parents like Brown happy.
“It definitely gives me a peace of mind," Brown said. "I’m glad that they are adding that in just to keep the parks a little bit safer since Starkville doesn’t have too many parks, so the ones we do have, we definitely want to keep safe.”
Along with adding the cameras, city leaders also are enforcing a juvenile curfew seven days a week to make sure kids stay inside and are safe during night hours.