State Starts Border Camera Test

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The public is getting its first chance to view images from cameras installed along the Texas-Mexico border over the Internet.

Live images from eight border surveillance cameras began streaming Thursday at the Web site

The test run is a step forward for Governor Rick Perry's "virtual border watch" program, a plan to place cameras along the border to cut down on drug activity and illegal crossings.

The state is behind on the five (m) million dollar program, which it hoped to have in place in July.

Texas Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw says, quote, "There is only one way to test it, and that's open it up for business."

Members of the public who see criminal activity over the Web cameras can e-mail authorities.

McCraw says the project will grow to include at least 70 cameras throughout South Texas, some of which will have zoom lens and thermal capacity.