The city of Mishawaka will be beefing up security in its parks without adding any police officers.
Starting this summer surveillance cameras and emergency call boxes will be placed throughout the parks.
It was an initiative the Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood announced last month during his state of the city.
Margaret Spear lives close to Battell Park and likes to walk along the river with friends every night.
She was originally concerned about her safety but was relieved to hear about the improved security measures.
“This guy in South Bend got shot and he knocked on three different doors to get help and nobody would help him,” says Spear. “That could happen right here.”
Nearly 30 surveillance cameras and half a dozen call boxes will be put up this summer along Beutter Park and the Riverwalk.
The cameras will be connected to the police department's dispatch center 24-7 and recorded.
The move comes after a number of vandalism cases not necessarily violence in the parks.
“We are trying to protect our investment, trying to keep people safe, and give people a sense of security,” says Mayor Dave Wood. “We think this is a great investment for our city.”
Since there are a number of large events held at Mishawaka parks, like Summerfest, the city is thinking about having a couple of defibrillators available also.