Monday, October 9, 2017

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Newburgh councilman proposes private camera surveillance

NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh recently installed police cameras in several hot-spot areas monitoring crime, but City Councilman Torrance Harvey has an idea to take the camera concept one step further.

Some businesses and homeowners have computer-operated cameras on their properties and Harvey believes if more were wired up, that could aid law enforcement in keeping an eye on the streets.

“Whenever someone is doing a drug deal or you see somebody copping drugs, now the whole city is wired with video surveillance and our police department and our investigators, now we have references,” Harvey said. “If there is God forbid a shooting, if there is a violent act, someone gets robbed, if there are vacant buildings where people are going in and out of, now you have a comprehensive video surveillance program in the city.”

Harvey said his idea could be funded through private and public grants.

 


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