St. Louis to install downtown video surveillance network
After a recent FBI index release showed St. Louis crime rates to be unacceptably high, the city has made plans to install a network of security cameras that will maintain a closer watch on downtown. The new surveillance system will include eight wireless pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras strategically placed in trouble spots throughout the area. The system is loosely modeled after existing surveillance networks operating in Baltimore and Chicago.
One of the key elements of the St. Louis video security plan is that civilians, rather than police, will be continuously monitoring the camera footage live from a downtown station. When suspicious activity is spotted, the police will be alerted immediately. Those responsible for monitoring the video feeds will be paid by a nonprofit group called the Downtown Partnership. Having actual staffers continuously pouring over the video footage will allow police officers to continue doing their jobs while benefiting from another set of cameras and eyes.