A City of Dallas memorandum noted that the city began installing video surveillance cameras in the Central Business District. The initial 34-camera system in one area expanded to the installation of cameras in Jubilee Park, Uptown and the Arts District, with a total of 115 cameras. The new plan will increase these surveillance efforts.

City of Dallas to Install 600 Surveillance Cameras

Officials in Dallas recently announced that they will install more than 600 security cameras around the city to increase public safety, according to CBS affiliate DFW 11.

A City of Dallas memorandum noted that the city began installing video surveillance cameras in the Central Business District. The initial 34-camera system in one area expanded to the installation of cameras in Jubilee Park, Uptown and the Arts District, with a total of 115 cameras. The new plan will increase these surveillance efforts.

"Due to the deterrent and evidentiary effectiveness of the surveillance cameras, the Dallas Police Department is seeking to implement up to 600 surveillance cameras located throughout 27 areas in the city, specifically in high crime areas, transmitting wireless video feeds 24 hours a day," the memorandum explained. "This system will have a mix of cameras installed as semi-permanent installations that have the ability to be moved quickly to various locations, as dictated by criminal activity or any other special surveillance needs."

Police officials have noted that there are 27 locations throughout the city that are deemed to be "high risk." By installing the new Dallas security cameras, they believe that the constant monitoring will help decrease crime in these key places.

While the first security system was installed as permanent equipment on buildings and street poles, to be monitored 24 hours a day, many of the 600 new cameras will be portable. Authorities can move them to different locations based on crime trends in the area, and monitor live stream content from the Dallas Police Headquarters.

Aside from the police department, security cameras may positively impact other city departments as well. These include allowing:

  • Dallas Water Utilities to monitor vital infrastructure
  • Dallas Public Works and Transportation to monitor busy intersections
  • City Marshals to monitor illegal garbage dumping sites
  • Parks and Recreation to monitor public grounds and other facilities
  • Equipment and Building Services to monitor important city buildings, like fuel islands
  • Communications and Information Services to monitor locations with radio network infrastructures

"I think public safety is job No. 1," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. "Crime has been coming down over the last years, but these are still those hot spots. We've got to have the cameras for those hot spots."

 

Jun 28th 2020 A1 Security

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