OCEAN SPRINGS -- Two security cameras were installed on the Biloxi Bay Bridge on Thursday in an effort to provide additional safety to residents.
One camera is at steps where walkers enter the pathway on the Ocean Springs end of the bridge. The other camera points from the pathway to the crest of the bridge. The cameras will record 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The bridge, a popular spot for joggers and walkers, was the site of an alleged sexual assault in November 2014. A woman reported being grabbed, forced to the ground and raped about halfway up the Ocean Springs side of the bridge.
Police investigated the case, but no arrests have been made.
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The incident led an organization called Women Against Violence Everywhere to raise the $10,000 needed for two security cameras. The installation cost $2,500 and included the cost of the pole, sleeve, concrete and electricity to run to the bridge. The city paid $1,500 and WAVE paid $1,000.
The city's right-of-way permit application was approved by the Mississippi Department of Transportation for the cameras.
Police have reported several crimes on both ends of the bridge including car burglaries, property damage and a DUI-related death. The bridge stretches 3.19 miles.