The cost of putting a full CCTV system into the town of Edgeworthstown could cost an estimated €100,000 in the first year, and around €20,000 per year afterwards.
The figures were given at the recent meeting of Ballymahon Municipal District during a presentation to members on what's involved in setting up a system.
Councillors were told the process of applying to put CCTV up is complicated and lengthy and there's still a major issue in finding resources to have footage monitored and logged.
The council members were also told that putting cameras in one area can often lead to anti-social activity moving to another location and calls could then come for additional devices there.
Fine Gael councillor Paul Ross says he doesn't feel the town would need a full CCTV network, and a lesser number of cameras could be installed at a smaller cost to cover the main areas of concern.