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SF police chief wants more cameras after Boston explosions

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    In the wake of the Boston bombings, San Francisco's police chief wants more security cameras along a major thoroughfare that hosts city parades. Cheryl Hurd reports.

    In the wake of the Boston bombings, San Francisco's police chief wants more security cameras along a major thoroughfare that hosts city parades.

    Chief Greg Suhr told NBC Bay Area that cameras on Market Street would give police extra eyes during such major events.

    "I think the best way to go is to find out what we already have and fill in th blank," he said. "I don't feel we need to reinvent the wheel. We already have a lot of cameras on Market Street."

    The Giants celebrated their 2010 and 2012 World Series victories on the thoroughfare. Suhr plans to float the idea at an upcoming City Hall hearing.

    He said there are private cameras on Market Street, but police want more to have a "continuous operating picture'' of the entire thoroughfare.

    The city already has cameras in high-crime areas. Those, however, are only reviewed after a crime has occurred. Surveillance camera footage released by the FBI showed the two suspects in the Boston bombings.

    "We also can be the eye in the sky if you will," Suhr said. "I'm not talking about monitoring them full time just during these major events when we have thousands and thousands of people everyone needs to remember they made the Boston case on video."