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Some cameras inside Fall River Government Center not real

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Some cameras inside Fall River Government Center are decoys. Some cameras inside Fall River Government Center are decoys.
FALL RIVER, Mass. -

Not all of the security cameras inside Fall River Government Center are real.

"The police department has done their own little security plan for the building, a start of that particular office area. So, the overall picture of the building security-wise is changing," Ken Pacheco, director of community maintenance, said Thursday.

Pacheco said it's not uncommon for security systems to have prop cameras.

"I would hope, as the police department eloquently put it, assume if you see a security camera it's working -- for your own benefit," Pacheco said.

Pacheco said there are cameras inside the building to protect against external problems, meaning people coming in from the outside. He said you can never be too careful when it comes to security.

"When people come into the building -- whether they're paying taxes, whether they're coming in for information -- if the answers are not what they'd like them to be, there's a certain level of frustration and anger, and sometimes that anger reaches a certain level that we're very concerned," Pacheco said.

Pacheco said the city is working out bids to have the entire building outfitted with a security system, and that likely, some cameras will be real and others will be fake.

He said when that happens, the City Council will be involved in approving the necessary funds to be appropriated.

"The partnership between the two sides of government will be utilized for a project of any kind of size," Pacheco said.

Pacheco said extra security is important while renovations are going on inside Government Center.

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