Elk­ton moves for­ward with Main Street se­cu­rity cam­eras

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRAD KRO­NER bkro­ner@ches­pub.com

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.

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