By Janee Law
Northport Village trustees voted unanimously last month to approve an update to the village’s surveillance system, planning to add around 14 additional security cameras with recording capabilities to areas around the village.
Ian Milligan, a Northport Village trustee, said March 15 during the monthly trustee meeting that the village’s current surveillance system is “aging and out of date.”
“Now we’re upgrading the system and we’ll be able to add to it in the future if we see a need,” he said. “It’s for general safety of the residents.”
Existing cameras will continue to operate while additional camera will be installed around the village, Milligan said. The system’s main server will be updated and monitored by the Northport Village Police Department. Milligan said the new system will allow video to be recorded, and will shoot video at a high resolution “so we can capture a plate number or a person's face.”
The resolution, which was approved by village trustees on Feb. 16, originally allocated $28,500 from the village's parks budget for the project, but Milligan said last week that the project is new expected to cost around $21,000.
The project is expected to be completed within three months, said Northport Village Police Chief Bill Ricca. Northport-based TechPro Security Group is aiding the village with the project.
Ricca said the village’s outdated system is “prone to being out of service,” and that some camera are more than 10 years old.
He said that, with the current system, “the resolution is not very good so you really can’t zoom in to get details on what’s going on. We wanted to correct those deficiencies, and, as we looked at the project, we thought of other areas that we may want to use the cameras.”
“The nice thing about the cameras is everything is going to be saved, and if there is an issue we can always go back and hopefully get a good look at what happened, and follow up on the case, whether it’s a criminal case or something as simple as an accident,” Ricca said.
Ricca estimated that there are currently six camera in the village and that there will be around 20 when the project is completed.
Ricca said additional cameras will be installed in the parking lot on Woodbine Avenue near by the highway garage and the Northport Post 694 American Legion. Milligan added that additional cameras will be added to locations like the playground and central area of Cow Harbor Park and the parking lot; and the beach, e-waste area and sewer plant of Scudder Park.
“We look forward to having the system upgraded, that way we can provided better surveillance in these areas,” Ricca said.
Milligan added, “This is a very safe place, but we still have concerns so we’re just doing our due diligence to maintain that security.”