ST. ALBANS (AP) -- In an effort to fight crime, the St. Albans City Council has approved installation of video surveillance cameras in a local park.
The city council has approved three video cameras in Taylor Park at a cost of $5,600, plus $120 month for the fiber optic transmission of the video to the police department.
Cameras are already in place in three other parts of the city: Houghton Park, the courthouse parking lot and at the city pool with signs notifying the public that they are there.
Police Chief Gary Taylor said the cameras have made a difference in the courthouse parking lot, once a site for drug deals, according to the St. Albans Messenger (http://bit.ly/19RoB16).
"There have been no incidents there, none, since we redid that parking lot and put in the cameras," Taylor said. "Where we have utilized video surveillance, we have negated criminal activity."
Vandalism and illegal dumping of trash have stopped in Houghton Park since the cameras were installed, said Alderman Chad Spooner, who lives next to the park.
The video feeds from the cameras are monitored at the police station by dispatchers, Taylor said. The images are stored on a DVR and recorded over if they’re not used in an investigation, he said.
Mayor Liz Gamache said she will set up a committee to develop a proposed policy for the cameras’ operation.