SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -

The city of Southfield is installing special security cameras in city parks in hopes of reducing and preventing vandalism.

Several Southfield city parks have been vandalized in recent years. The new cameras will be installed at Inglenook, Simms, Bedford, Miller and other Southfield Parks.

Southfield Parks and Operations Supervisor Bob Murray said the aim is keep the parks presentable to the public.

"To provide really nice facilities for the kids and them have somebody come in and damage them, it is very frustrating," Murray said.

The city will spend several thousand dollars to purchase and install the cameras, but Murray said the expenditure is justified.

"It's becoming significant to the point where it justifies getting these cameras and making the investment because our insurance has to repair and replace equipment, which is significantly expensive," Murray said.

The motion-activated cameras being installed can provide high quality images and can also issue a warning voice as the pictures are taken.

Part of the cost of the cameras will be covered by a grant.

The first cameras will be installed in Southfield city parks in a few weeks.