Blind cameras

    Before Camden attempts to monitor crime with police surveillance cameras, it might want to note some of the pitfalls.

    The Scranton Sunday Times reports that Scranton’s two-year-old surveillance camera network hasn’t done much to deter or solve crimes.

    The city’s 12 cameras apparently cover less than 1 percent of the city, and the ratio of city residents to cameras is 6,000 to 1, but the city still paid $220,000 for the cameras.

    On top of that, the live video isn’t always monitored at the police station, and the cameras aren’t reliable because wind often disrupts their wireless connection.

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    Scranton’s police captain says the problems would be solved if the city had more cameras and more people to monitor them.

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