NORTH HILLS (CBS) — The Los Angeles Police Department is unveiling new surveillance cameras in the North Hills area.

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Nine wireless cameras will be online 24/7, sending images back to LAPD headquarters, where officials can watch the feeds on large TV screens.

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The department says similar cameras have helped officers spot crimes such as hit-and-run crashes, assaults and car thefts.

The cameras are located in the Safer Cities Initiative Area, which is bordered by Nordoff, Roscoe, the 405 Freeway and Van Nuys Boulevard.

The cameras will be used to complement other crime-fighting strategies used by officers, as well as the department’s Gang Reduction-Youth Development staff.

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While some residents have voiced concerns about privacy issues, the department says it will be posting signs to alert people that they are being recorded. The department hopes the cameras, which cost $360,000, will also act as a deterrent.