Thursday, March 8, 2012
GEORGETOWN S.C. — If you are walking on Front Street — or in the Georgetown Housing Authority on Anthuan Maybank Blvd. — you are being watched.
A new four lens camera has been installed at the corner of Front and Broad Streets. Another is now in place at the Housing Authority, said Georgetown Police Chief Paul Gardner.
“Everything we need to do has to be about reducing crime,” Gardner said when asked the purpose of the cameras. “Cities and towns that have aggressively deployed cameras have had a reduction in crime.”
Gardner said the cameras can be remotely watched on the laptops of law enforcement and other city leaders.
He said the video from the cameras can be used “as a lead generator” if there is a crime on Front Street or in the Housing Authority.
Gardner said a Community Block Grant can be used to purchase additional cameras but that is a decision council will make during the upcoming budget process.
Right now, the company that owns the cameras — Statewide Security Systems — is letting the city use the cameras on a one year trial basis, Gardner said.
He said he would like to see he cameras installed at all city parks and other highly used places.
“The more eyes you have the more reduction in crime,” Gardner said.
By Scott Harper