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Libraries in Jackson County, MI May Soon Get Video Surveillance Cameras

Published by Ellen on July 2, 2012 8:07 AM

Jackson District Library Facility Administrator Mike Way plans to closely research different styles of video surveillance cameras following two major break-ins in the last five years.

Most recently, Parma Branch Library was broken into and completely torn apart by a group of unidentified thieves who worked desperately to crack the library's safe. After damaging book shelves and a $2,350 copy machine, the thieves fled the library after failing to open the safe.

Meijer branch was the last library in Jackson County to suffer a break-in. Similar to Parma Branch Library, the Meijer Branch's library was looted by thieves who were never caught. Without security cameras, police weren't able to locate and arrest the suspects. The safe was tampered with, but not successfully opened.

Mr. Way hopes to have outdoor-ready surveillance cameras and motion lights installed and running in the next six months. All security devices will be emplaced on the building's exterior.

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