Cameras: Follow the lead
I somehow recall city-wide cameras being discussed somewhere in the past few years.
Anyway, Hoboken411 reader Jeni sent me this link from the the Eyewitness News site, regarding the success of the cameras that are installed over in Jersey City.
- Do you think they’d be effective in our City?
- Will Hoboken ever allow such expenditures to come out of the $75 million dollar budget? Even if it improves quality of life?
I’ve noticed some up near the high school, and we have some others, but I cannot be sure if they’re “centrally monitored”. We may not have the same need for these as Jersey City, but I’m sure you can think of a few areas that could use them.
Cameras help reduce crime in Jersey City
(Jersey City – WABC, March 12, 2007) – Seven years ago, Jersey City police installed 68 closed circuit cameras to help fight violent crime.
But lately those cameras are catching something else, a crime that affects all of us.
New Jersey reporter Toni Yates has details.
The cameras are not only recording video, but watchful eyes are making a difference 24 hours a day.
If you’re not looking for them, you barely notice them: Closed-circuit video cameras. They are part of Jersey City’s neighborhood watch against crime.
“Monitoring, especially after stores close, and the avenue after-hours or early morning, I think it could do nothing but help,” store owner Mark Ull said. “I have no problem with it.”
The camera caught a worker illegally dumping a restaurant’s garbage into a city receptacle, not once, but twice. The business was fined.
The images are monitored 24-hours a day in an operations room in an undisclosed facility. Police say the cameras have helped make Jersey City safer and more livable.
“We have made arrests on prostitution, drug dealing, there’s been robberies, there’s been homicides and aggravated assaults,” Jersey City Deputy Police Director Juan Perez said. “It’s a tremendous tool that law enforcement is using.”
Nearly 70 cameras are already in place. Several dozen more are on order. And while many say the cameras are a good idea, no one is taking safety for granted.
“You still have to be alert,” Jersey City resident Cheryl Mayrie said. “You still have to make sure you’re looking behind your back.”
The cameras have made such a huge impact in the last seven years that police say they’re getting requests from residents asking that the camera be installed in their neighborhood.
They say the technology is too expensive to fulfill all the requests.