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.

  1. Do you think they’d be effective in our City?
  2. 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 cameras hoboken - Cameras: Follow the lead(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.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007 11:03 am

I just found this article:

It’s a follow up to this, I’d like to know what you guys think about us getting a few more now.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 9:16 pm

“The first documented instance of police surveillance was in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1966. After five years, the system was credited with only two arrests and was dismantled.”
from this story on CNN folks!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 7:33 pm

[quote comment=”16656″]While part of me wants to complain about my personal liberties being infringed upon, a lot of criminal cases are solved by surveillance camera footage (such as the Carlie Brucia case:
Unfortunately, it didn’t prevent her murder but I think we can all agree that we’re better off having caught this guy…
And what about the creep that mugged the 101-year-old lady this past weekend – that footage will hopefully be his undoing.
THANK YOU! My feelings exactly.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 4:43 pm

Speaking of video….anyone know when the video of Mr.Campos NYC encounter will be released.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:34 pm

I think they should be on Washington Street and Irish Row for the weekends so all of the debauchery can be recorded to be posted here and on YouTube. Just think… we could all be entertained by arm licking jackasses like this: and this: How much more entertaining would our work weeks be?

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