On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council unanimously approved the addition of community cameras to city streets to help reduce crime. The cameras will be placed at the intersection of E. 18th and Cavallo Road.
According to Chief Tammany Brooks, this project would have three community cameras as well have six automated license plate readers.
The City agreed to enter into a sole source request to add additional community cameras from Odin Systems Inc and Vigilant Solutions via Lehr Auto Electric. The contract will cost $156,400 with an annual cost of $11,172.
The City of Antioch currently has a community camera system in place that utilizes cameras to monitor places such as the Marina, Knoll Park, City Hall, Worthshaw sports complex, Community Center, Skate Park and Prewett Water Park, L Street and Sycamore Drive as well as Auto Center Drive and Sycamore Drive.
“Just last year we expanded the program to include one of the more crime challenged areas within the city, the sycamore drive corridor. Since the program has been implemented, it has been a huge success,” explained Chief Brooks. “We have seen a slight reduction in crime and seen a number of crimes solved due to installation and implementation of the community camera program.”
The staff reported added, these cameras bring a sense of safety to the citizens who frequent these areas and also provide Law Enforcement an additional tool for fighting and reducing crime. The expansion of this program within the E. 18th Street and Cavallo Road intersection would provide the residents of this area an additional sense of security and, at the same time, could serve as a crime deterrent and crime fighting tool for the police department in this challenged area.
Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock stated her excitement for this project.
“This is a perfect way for Measure C money to be spent and show we are spending our money wisely with these funds,” stated Ogorchock. “This actually comes under Measure C guidelines, we did the Sycamore Corridor and I’d like to see this one done also. This will help make our areas safer and aid our police officers.”
Ogorchock asked for an explanation of why E. 18th and Cavallo for the next set of cameras.
Chief Brooks replied in 2016, there was 431 calls for service that were violent or crimes associated with violence—from shootings to assaults to narcotics.
“That is an amount we thought warranted this area getting the next set of cameras,” said Brooks.
Councilman Tony Tiscareno stated he supported this project and noted the difference the cameras have provided to the Sycamore Corridor.
Chief Brooks called the cameras invaluable in the Sycamore area highlighting they helped them capture a recent homicide suspect was caught based on information from the cameras.
The data captured by these ALPR cameras has been critical in the recovery of stolen and or wanted vehicles. The data has also helped solve numerous criminal cases and locate numerous wanted subjects.