Birmingham spending $672,000 on public security cameras

Birmingham spending $672,000 on public security cameras


WHAT THIS COULD MEAN FOR THE
CITY’S CRIME FIGHTERS. JON: BIRMINGHAM IS TAKING ITS
BATTLE AGAINST VIOLENCE TO
ANOTHER LEVEL. TODAY CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A
CONTRACT WITH ALABAMA POWER TO
INSTALL 95 SECURITY CAMERAS IN
HIGH CRIME AREAS.>>THIS MOVES THINGS INTO REAL
TIME. THIS PUTS US INTO THE 21ST
CENTURY. THIS PUTS US WHERE WE NEED TO
BE. JON: FOR A DECADE, BIRMINGHAM
HAS USED SPOT SPOTTER. THE HIDDEN MICROPHONES HELP
PINPOINT GUNFIRE. THE CITY’S NEW POLICE CHIEF
THINKS THE CAMERAS WILL GIVE
THEM A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE
BAD GUYS.>>I THINK THAT IT’S ANOTHER
CRIME FIGHTING TOOL THAT WILL
HELP US TO HONE IN ON WHERE MANY
OF THE SHOTS ARE BEING FIRED
WITHIN THE CITY. JON: AND WHILE BIRMINGHAM CITY
LEADERS AND TOP COP FEEL THE
CAMERAS WILL COMPLIMENT THE SHOT
SPOTTER SYSTEM AND HELP CURB
CRIME, NOT EVERYONE IS CONVINCED
THE $672,000 ANNUAL PRICE TAG IS THE BEST USE OF TAXPAYER MONEY. GEORGE MCCALL IS THE ENSLEY
NEIGHBORHOOD PRESIDENT. HE THINKS THE CAMERA CASH WOULD
BE BETTER SPENT ON EDUCATION.>>AS FOR PUTTING CAMERAS ON
POLES, IT IS NOT GOING TO HELP
THE CRIME. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO EDUCATE
OUR CHILDREN ABOUT CRIME AND
MAKE SURE THAT THEY KNOW RIGHT
FROM WRONG.>>IF THIS PROGRAM IS NOT
SUCCESSFUL AND WE DON’T HAVE
METRICS FOR WHY IT IS
SUCCESSFUL, WE WILL NOT CONTINUE
TO REINVEST MONEY INTO IT. JON: WILLIAMS SAYS THE CAMERAS
WILL BE SHUFFLED AROUND THE CITY
BASED ON THE LATEST CRIME
TRENDS. AND HOPEFULLY MAKE CRIMINALS
THINK TWICE ABOUT PULLING THE
TRIGGER IN PUB

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