Smile... BG installs more cameras in downtown PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:03
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Downtown Bowling Green will be hosting some new eyes in the sky this fall.
Four new security cameras are being installed to help officers better police the area.
"What started it was the BG Community Foundation provides grants to agencies that are trying to improve the community, and they have a $5,000 grant," said Maj. Tony Hetrick of the Bowling Green Police Division.
The BGPD applied for, and won, one of the grants, and then supplied an additional $5,000 to fund the four new cameras.
The cameras will be placed at the back of City Lot 1 near Circle K; at the corner of Prospect and Wooster Streets; at Court and Main Streets; and in City Lot 4. That last camera will additionally allow viewing of the nearby Wood County District Public Library parking lots, and Church Street.
"As you know, in the last couple of years, we've had some big incidents of fights and things" in the downtown area, Hetrick explained.
There are already six other cameras in the downtown - four at the intersection of Main and Wooster Streets, one at the Commons area near the 100 block of East Wooster, and another at the Alvie Perkins Clock in the 100 block of South Main.
The new cameras, however, will be an improvement over those older cameras, which do not have certain capabilities, including the ability to zoom in.
"They've been limited. A lot of traffic stuff we can see very well, but as far as making out individuals, the resolution's not very good. They're over 10 years old. We've used them to get an idea of some situations that have occurred, what happened, but making a positive ID from those, we've not been able to do that."
The new cameras' zooming abilities, as well as other updated features, will better assist the police. For instance, the cameras' improved resolution will be able to determine faces much better than their predecessors.
"It's kind of a stop-gap until officers can get there. It doesn't replace actual officers in the field, it just enhances their capabilities."
The cameras are likely to be installed within the next two or three weeks, said Hetrick. He also indicated that there are plans to upgrade the other existing cameras around the downtown.
"We'll see what the budget numbers look like after the first of the year."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:23
 

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