ST. CLOUD (AP) - The St. Cloud police chief wants to place more cameras on public property downtown to help deter and solve crimes.

Police Chief Blair Anderson says he will talk to residents to ease concerns about adding at least three cameras. He says new surveillance footage would be immediately available to investigators, unlike recordings by cameras in private businesses.

Anderson says the police department could add six or more cameras at a cost of about $5,000 each. He says the money would come out of his budget and wouldn't require city council approval.

Cameras were added to the downtown area after a missing St. Cloud State University student was found dead in 2006. Some of the planned 13 cameras were installed at the library and police station.