This is a great Idea, they are working in the U.K. and they would work more then likely work great in Rialto's Downtown area too!! The Problems with Vandalism and small thefts, not to mention Rialto could also look into the Technology that Canada Has for Reading License Plates, there is a camera system that is mounted on the front of a car, and the side windows of a car, and the Traffic Enforcement Officer Law Enforcement Technician can drive this vehicle in the local business Parking Lots, and just cruse at approximately 5 to 10 M.P.H. the system will read the Plates in the Parking lot, and if a Plate comes up stolen then it will read a hit, the only problem is that there has to be a way that it is on board to be live with C.L.E.T.S. at all times so when a HOT STOLEN is entered into the system the car will pick it up when they pass through the parking lot. It is costly and it is only a thought. Baby steps and the cameras with feeds directly to dispatch and the Front Counter of the P.D. will be a great Start!!
|Rialto considers installing security cameras downtown|
|Jason Pesick, Staff Writer|
San Bernardino County Sun
|Article Launched:09/24/2007 08:45:16 PM PDT|
| RIALTO - To put a stop to the break-ins, graffiti and vandalism that take place downtown, city officials want to install a video surveillance system. |
Officials are getting bids from different companies for a system that could monitor Riverside Avenue and downtown alleys from First Street to Rialto Avenue.
"The perception is somebody's watching over my property, and if somebody's going to make a foolish decision, they're going to get caught," said Joe Flores Jr., a business owner and president of the Downtown Business Improvement District Association.
In recent months, Flores and other business owners have called for more security downtown. In response, the Police Department has already revived its bike-patrol unit.
Mike Story, Rialto's development services director and association vice president, said one idea is that the city's redevelopment agency would install the system and the association would pay to monitor the cameras.
Though the Police Department is not leading the effort, police officials say they support the idea.
The association was considering helping businesses purchase their own surveillance equipment, but Flores said he wants to wait to see what happens with the city system first, before members decide how to spend the group's money.
Redlands has taken advantage of similar systems for years.
In addition to cameras at the airport, Redlands Bowl, a 7-Eleven, Mariposa Elementary and the Kimberly Crest Home and Gardens, the city installed four cameras downtown in November.
"It's like having a virtual police presence there," said Redlands Police Chief Jim Bueermann.
At Mariposa Elementary, there was a problem with trespassing and vandalism before the cameras were in place, he said.
The same is true with thefts that were taking place at the airport and instances vandalism, problems with transients and skateboarding at the Redlands Bowl, Bueermann said.
Downtown, the cameras have been effective at combating drunken drivers, assault, people under the influence of drugs, transients and panhandlers, he said.