As part of a new effort to bolster neighborhood crime watches, Charleston police are asking residents and local business owners with exterior security cameras to register their devices with the city.Those with forward-facing, exterior camera systems have the option to provide location information via an online non-public database maintained by the city.The initiative, which was announced last month, is intended to minimize the number of steps authorities take to locate surveillance footage and witnesses when investigating criminal activity in a given area. Charleston police do not have direct access to the camera's contents, at least not without your consent, said Charleston Police Department Lt. Peter Farrell. He added that investigators would previously have to devote valuable time to canvassing neighborhoods, asking those with relevant surveillance footage to come forward.Now, with the new database, police immediately have knowledge of who has access to footage that could help … [Read more...] about Charleston police want you to register your external home security cameras. Here’s why.
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By Jeremy P. Kelley, Staff Writer Dayton’s school board is expected to approve a $3.3 million contract Tuesday to dramatically improve security camera coverage within its schools.Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton said the changes will eventually increase the number of cameras in all 27 schools while upgrading to newer technology that will provide dramatically clearer images. RELATED: Schools get more time to apply for small safety grants “The cameras we have now are limited,” Burton said. “We can’t get many angles. … With these new cameras, we can get more of a 360-degree view, and the quality is much, much better.”Dayton Public Schools has a recent history of difficulty with security cameras. In May 2016, a 7-year-old girl was stabbed during playground recess at World of Wonder school, and camera footage was not clear enough to help police identify the assailant. Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for … [Read more...] about Dayton school board to vote on $3.3M security camera upgrade
UCLA Policy 133, Security Camera Systems, is a policy that aims to increase the number of security cameras on campus. The administration quietly and quickly put together this policy after a few vandalizations this past year. However, after a thorough read of the wording, it is clear the policy is too vague and could be taken advantage of if implemented as is. In one segment, it states, “The monitoring of individuals or groups of individuals through SCS via live feed or recorded Images shall be based on current or prior explicitly exhibited behaviors that potentially violate law or University policy and such monitoring must be conducted in a manner consistent with applicable University and local campus policies, and state and federal laws.” But there’s no clear indication of who decides what acts potentially violate policies. If an administrative system operator makes those decisions, it’s unclear whether students would have a voice in who gets hired for that … [Read more...] about Submission: New security camera policy could create more problems than it solves
Students expressed concerns at a Wednesday town hall that a new security camera policy would increase breaches of privacy. UCLA Policy 133, which was announced Sept. 11, outlines new procedures for security cameras on campus. The policy aims to improve campus safety by centralizing security camera data storage, providing UCPD with access to camera data in emergencies and establishing maintenance standards for cameras, said Ricardo Vazquez, a UCLA spokesperson. Vazquez added there are already more than 2,500 cameras across the campus, but only about 12 were visible to UCPD. Oscar Macias, a fourth-year Latin American studies and sociology student who organized the event, said he has worked with students from heavily policed neighborhoods and understands that more cameras on campus may not be beneficial. “Students should to be educated about the gray areas within policy that might cause problems for certain student populations,” Macias said. At the town hall, students brought … [Read more...] about Student leaders spy breaches of privacy in new UCLA security camera policy
Fear no more, cameras are on their way. On their way to Kerckhoff Hall, at least. The Undergraduate Students Association Council discussed the installation of cameras on the third and fourth floors of Kerckhoff Hall on May 8. The conversation was spurred on by the recent etching of a homophobic slur into the office door of the Academic Affairs Commission. The council plans to continue the conversation and vote in its upcoming Tuesday meeting on whether to install cameras, said Zahra Hajee, USAC Facilities commissioner. This isn’t the first instance of a hate crime in the hallways of Kerckhoff Hall, however. A pride flag hanging on the door outside AAC was stolen earlier this quarter. Over winter break, a mezuzah, a religious item often found on the doorframe of Jewish homes and synagogues, was torn from the door of USAC President Arielle Mokhtarzadeh. Unfortunately, UCPD was unable to identify any suspects in either case. The perpetrators of these acts still walk free from … [Read more...] about Sandra Wenceslao: Installation of security cameras in Kerckhoff would deter criminals