OGDEN -- Like those employed by New York authorities to investigate Saturday's failed car bombing in crowded Times Square, surveillance cameras are also being used by Ogden officials to deter and solve crime.
The city has more than 100 surveillance cameras, worth more than $50,000, mounted in such public places as the Municipal Building, its water treatment plant and parking garages, said Richard Brookins, who is Ogden's fleet and facilities manager.
"We look at facilities that have vulnerability," he said, describing the criteria for placing cameras.
The cameras have the ability to record video on site and provide a feed to a central computer server, Brookins said Wednesday.
In the past, the cameras have been used to investigate vehicle damage in parking garages and in one instance solved a counterfeiting case, Brookins said.
More than a year ago, a video camera recorded a woman trying to pass a bogus $50 bill at the counter in the business office of the Municipal Building at 2549 Washington Blvd., he said.
A city employee reviewed the tape and, later, while moonlighting at a second job, spotted the woman. The employee notified police, who arrested the woman.
Because of the cost of video cameras, the city is selective in deciding where to put them.
"We would like to have cameras everywhere, but we can't afford to do that," Brookins said.
Mayor Matthew Godfrey said the city is seeking grant funds to purchase more cameras that are both portable and provide high-quality video.
"We want to expand it," he said.
Video surveillance has played a key role in the investigation into Saturday's car bomb attempt in New York.
Two new surveillance videos have emerged of the accused bomber, Faisal Shahzad. Police said one video shows him in a white baseball cap walking away from the smoking, bomb-laden Nissan Pathfinder parked in the bustling heart of New York City.
The second video shows him buying a weak batch of fireworks in Pennsylvania, said the shop owner.
Shahzad faces terrorism and weapons charges after authorities said he admitted rigging the Pathfinder with a crude bomb of firecrackers, propane tanks and alarm clocks based on explosives training he received in Pakistan.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.