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Big Brother’s eyes

City tests camera system

July 3, 2013

Walk in one of three parks in Williamsport and one’s image may be captured from a surveillance system police recently installed for law enforcement purposes....

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Jul-03-13 6:22 AM

It is about time something like this occurs. This isn't a matter of "If the system works" this is a matter of making it work and expanding it to the dangerous neighborhoods in the city, which are about 70% of them these days.

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Jul-03-13 6:25 AM

"That's why we asked for a performance bond," Smith said. It would have been nice if the same thing had been done to cover the actual costs of the hockey team's presence in the city.

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Jul-03-13 7:41 AM

I'm not against cameras, per say..... But $450,000 for 10 cameras??? That's $45,000 per camera. Or a little less if you figure in the NVR. These cameras better be made of gold.

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Jul-03-13 7:46 AM

This story's headline should have read "Mayor to put a stop to trash-talking"

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Jul-03-13 8:43 AM

( Are Surveillance Cameras Worth The Cost In Resources And Loss Of Privacy , Given The Role That They Play In Deterring Or Solving Crimes ? Anyways , I Hope This Works And Takes A Big Bite Out Of These Crimes In Our City Parks. Good Day , And Don't Forget To Smile. : )

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Jul-03-13 9:56 AM

If everyone behaved we wouldn't need the cameras (or police) ... but they don't and we need them (and the police).

Visit the tiny town of Friendship, NY. They have cameras on almost every rooftop in the town along the Main Street business district.

Are those who watch the Big Brother tv show and other "so called" reality shows the same ones who are offended that they may be filmed?

Just like anything on the planet that is used for good, it can also be used for bad.

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Jul-03-13 9:56 AM

Honestly, this is sort of what I took from this.

You can commit crimes, just not in our parks, these cameras are going to make sure of it!

Well, perhaps not literally, but my point is this; Trash Talking..I'm assuming you mean cursing? Isn't illegal, period, that's not a crime, it's bad manners, there's a very big difference. 45k per camera IS a lot, but yes, I think it's something we should've gotten a long time ago. If it does what the city hopes it'll do, I can bite my tongue on the current cost. Cameras in other areas isn't something you should consider, it's something you should do.

Also "video is kept for 7 days then unless it's needed as evidence".

After 7 days it's just erased? What if there's evidence on a video that you're not aware of. You can't go back and look.. shouldn't it all be saved to harddrives or am I missing something here?

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Jul-03-13 10:00 AM

Zippie, you're 100% right. I could care less if I'm on camera, I'm not doing anything illegal. How is it any different than Walmart? You do know you're on camera when you walk in the front door (and even before that) right? The people who are complaining about being on camera, are either A) Doing something wrong and/or illegal or B) know someone who is.

Thats just my opinion, and if you're C) None of those, then stop your whining about being on camera, it's for your safety and protection, or at the very least, to catch your killer.

Seriously, I'm sure there are quirks with this and I understand that being discussed. But complaining about being video taped? C'mon now..

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Jul-03-13 12:18 PM

At the least, the cameras should deter criminals from being openly criminal-like at the parks, and allow others to enjoy the parks without being hassled. Unfortunately, they'll just go commit crimes somewhere else.

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Jul-03-13 6:08 PM

Give it time and the scums will have the cameras smashed bashed and costing taxpayer money to fix them and I'll bet some Benjamin's on that

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Jul-03-13 6:10 PM

I'm also sure by the time 7 days is up they will have been alerted as to whether trouble existed or not that's why it can be erased

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Jul-03-13 8:09 PM

I agree with Garben, what's to stop these from being immediately destroyed.

Also, is there a lot of violent crime in these parks?

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Jul-03-13 9:46 PM

Could rig the cameras so that they shoot to kill if you get within 50 feet of them.


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Jul-04-13 6:03 AM

Ritty, I presume that these parks do 'attract' drug dealers. The most vulernable, gullible "customers" are kids in reality.

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Jul-04-13 6:25 AM

have anyother cams detered crime in this city ?

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Jul-05-13 5:54 AM

The "cameras" cost so much because the system had to comply with civil liberty rights so as to not violate the rights of any criminally accused individual. Don't want to video someone committing a crime and then have the case tossed out so believe it or not that costs a bundle.

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Jul-05-13 9:10 AM

make your police presnts known, put a cop in a car at these troubled spots instead of driving aaround the city.

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