Elkton moves forward with Main Street security cameras
ELKTON — The town of Elkton is moving forward with the installation of four surveillance cameras on Main Street in order to deter crime in the area.
Four cameras are being placed along Main Street between Bow and North streets. One is a “PTZ” camera, which will be capable of panning, tilting and zooming. The cameras are capable of recording video but not audio.
The cameras will be backed up to the Elkton Alliance building, and the camera company will also have access to the video.
“Initially, I looked at placing cameras on Main Street, starting at Bridge (Street), all the along Main Street down south,” said Elkton Police Chief Matt Donnelly. “It would have encompassed 20 some cameras.”
Instead, the town police decided on a “pilot program” with just four cameras to “get any kinks worked out and see if we’re getting what we want out of it before we do anything expansive,” Donnelly said.
The placement of the cameras, Donnelly said, is intended is to deter crime in a high-traffic area and business hub. Donnelly said he doesn’t consider Main Street a high crime area.
The cost for acquisition and installation of the cameras is about $20,000, according to Donnelly.
“We’re looking to pilot this right now and see how it’s going to work,” he said. “Sometime after about 90 days, after installation, we can take a look and see if we want to go further with it.”
Elkton Mayor Rob Alt said he supported the initiative and that he hoped to expand far beyond 20 cameras if it was determined that the system worked.
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Elkton Police Chief Matt Donnelly explains the security camera pilot project to the Elkton Mayor and Commissioners.