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Harrisburg mayoral candidates talk crime prevention

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Oct 30, 2013 2:41 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Crime prevention is a top priority for both candidates on Harrisburg's mayoral ballot next week.

Democratic nominee Eric Papenfuse says it will take strong leadership, accountability and modernization. He says he would start by updating the police department's reporting system, which doesn't even link with the county-wide system.

"We have to pay attention to that, we have to use more sophisticated mapping techniques to determine the real hot spots in Harrisburg," he says. "I'm in favor of cameras and rolling out an even more extensive camera program."

Dan Miller, a Democrat who received enough write-in votes to win the GOP nomination, says he wants to consider new ideas in policing.

"There are a variety of techniques all over the country on how to reduce crime, and crime is dropping throughout the country," he says. "We could implement those techniques, but we need a police chief and a force that's willing to do that."

Expanded surveillance cameras represent one possibility. Miller also points to wireless street light controls an example that he says could improve safety.

Both candidates appeared on witf's Smart Talk program on Wednesday.

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From left to right, Eric Papenfuse and Dan Miller.

Papenfuse and Miller are the only names on the ballot, but write-in candidates Aaron Johnson and Lewis Butts are also making bids to become Harrisburg's next mayor.

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