Multi-camera surveillance system puts all eyes on Baltimore courthouse
The Baltimore County Circuit Courthouse was recently outfitted with a comprehensive security camera system to monitor the day to day activities within the facility. This is no small installation. Areas under surveillance within the courthouse include 20 courtrooms and hearing rooms, prison cells, stairwells, hallways, lobbies, entrances and exits. There are also cameras situated outside the courthouse. All told, the surveillance system consists of 80 digital security cameras which are monitored from a control room in the basement of the courthouse. The wide-reaching system allows security personnel to continuously monitor areas of the facility that physically they couldn't possibly patrol simultaneously.
Even though the cameras were just installed within the past few weeks, the system has already paid dividends. A dome camera in a courthouse hallway captured footage of an assault between two parents after a nasty custody battle. And the outdoor cameras have provided valuable footage of vehicle crashes on the roads surrounding the facility.
The main aim of the surveillance system is to provide an extra layer of security for courtroom staff and all those within the facility, and also to serve as a precautionary measure.