Security camera system in Grants Pass

Security camera system in Grants Pass


A SECURITY PROGRAM IN THE CITY OF GRANTS PASS AIMED AT DETERRING CRIME IS WORKING. THE GRANTS PASS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY HAS ABOUT 18 CAMERAS IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AROUND THE CITY THAT ARE MONITORED 24-7. TONIGHT, A NEARBY BUSINESS MANAGER SAYS THEY’RE THRILLED WITH THE RESULTS. NBC5’S NICOLE STEIN IS LIVE IN STUDIO WITH MORE, NICOLE? THE CAMERA SYSTEM HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS NOW WITH 18 CAMERAS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, BUT GRANTS PASS POLICE JUST PUT A NEW CAMERA IN FRONT OF THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY COURTHOUSE LAST WEEK. “Used to be a circus. Definitely. For drug users and transients.” MIKE CLOUGH IS THE MANAGER OF EWING IRRIGATION IN GRANTS PASS. BEFORE THE GRANTS PASS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY PUT A SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM IN FRONT OF THEIR DOWNTOWN STORE, HE SAYS CRIME WAS PROMINENT AND AFFECTING BUSINESS. “People would just drive on by when they’d see. In the mornings it was especially bad because we’d see them camped out in our doorways.” THE COMPANY HAS PERSONAL SECURITY CAMERAS, BUT NONE IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING. NOW SIX MONTHS AFTER POLICE INSTALLED THEIR CAMERA, CLOUGH SAYS THEY’VE SEEN A HUGE DIFFERENCE. “Much cleaner, the graffiti has stopped, no
trash around our doors and other things.” THE CAMERA SYSTEM HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS. THERE ARE 18 DIFFERENT CAMERAS AROUND THE CITY. GPDPS SAYS THOUGH THEY’RE DIFFICULT TO MONITOR, THE CAMERAS ARE IN PLAIN SIGHT AND THAT’S THE POINT. “Just altering the behavior, letting people
know that they can’t be aggressive or commit crimes without them being noticed.” AND WHEN POLICE FEEL IT’S NECESSARY, THEY MOVE THE CAMERAS TO DIFFERENT SPOTS. LIKE THIS ONE, WHICH WAS PLACED IN FRONT OF THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY COURTHOUSE JUST LAST WEEK. “We had reports of various people, you know, smoking, drinking and not being very nice to the citizens walking through to the courthouse.” AND AS BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN TAKING NOTE OF THE PROGRAM’S SUCCESS, SGT. BURKE SAYS MANY ARE BUYING THEIR OWN CAMERAS AND HOPING THEY TOO GET SIMILAR RESULTS. THE CAMERAS ARE MONITORED 24-7 FROM INSIDE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THAT ALLOWS OFFICERS TO SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CERTAIN AREAS, BEFORE POLICE ARRIVE. LIVE IN STUDIO, NICOLE STEIN, NBC5 NEWS.

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