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Security cameras to keep watch over Hantsport

The town of Hantsport is hoping to have eyes in the sky before the snow flies.

CAO Jeffrey Lawrence said purchase orders have been issued for security cameras to monitor petty crime hotspots in Hantsport.

“We have our washrooms at the playground in the community centre — probably twice a year they’re vandalized. We can’t keep washrooms at Avon Park without them being vandalized,” said Lawrence in an interview.

He said the town is investing about $120,000 for the installation of security cameras. He hopes knowledge of the constant surveillance will deter people from committing acts of petty vandalism and even prevent more serious crimes from happening in town.

“In 2010, under our current policing model, we have one officer in town. The communication tools that are available to youth and others allow them to very easily monitor where that officer is,” Lawrence said.

With help from Nova Scotia Power, Lawrence said high definition security cameras will be installed at Hantsport’s entrances and exits to better monitor the town’s borders.

“Assume that a child was taken from the playground, we would be able to turn to our cameras and… we could get a license plate so we’d be able to track that,” said Lawrence, who feels people are less likely to commit crimes when there’s a chance they’ll be caught on tape.

Lawrence estimates the savings in policing and repairs to vandalized property will offset the costs of purchasing the advanced surveillance equipment.

 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: Hantsport, Avon Park

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