Long Island Town Installs Dozens of Security Cameras Ahead of Memorial Day

Technicians from IntraLogic Solutions, a local security provider, are installing the cameras at beachfront properties as part of a multiyear plan to upgrade Babylon’s video system.

BABYLON, N.Y. — Officials in this Suffolk County town, located on Long Island, approved replacing dozens of security cameras at ocean beach facilities with high-resolution models they say will make it easier to keep the peace and protect properties.

Technicians from IntraLogic Solutions, a local security provider, began installing the new cameras at the Cedar Beach Pavilion this week in advance of the venue’s opening Memorial Day weekend, Newsday reports. The $80,000 bond-financed installation at the beachfront properties is part of a multiyear plan to upgrade Babylon’s video surveillance cameras across the town.

“[The security cameras] are vital to the town,” Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety Patrick Farrell told Newsday.  “At the end of the day, they’re there to protect the taxpayers’ interest.”

Camera technology has improved since the town started installing them around 2009, said John Cifelli, Babylon’s director of operations. The blurry feeds transmitted by legacy analog devices became especially difficult to decipher at the beach properties, where salt water, wind and sand have degraded them faster than elsewhere in the town, he told Newsday.

IntraLogic Solutions, which maintains Babylon’s video surveillance system, ran wires for the replacement cameras at Cedar Beach on Tuesday. The new devices, which cost $400 to $800 each, provide much crisper images than their predecessors, he said.

“It’s a world of difference,” he said.

Cifelli said he expects all of the new ocean beach cameras to be installed by July or August.

The 50 new cameras are some of more than 300 that Babylon has installed at more than 35 municipal parks, buildings and other town properties, Cifelli said. The feeds are monitored by public safety staffers during the day and IntraLogic employees at night.

The cameras automatically record any motion they observe, and retain those recordings for 30 days, Joe Grubman, a systems design engineer with IntraLogic, told the newspaper.

Babylon pays IntraLogic $47,880 annually for monitoring and maintenance, town spokesman Kevin Bonner said.

Farrell said the town expends fewer resources patrolling its properties, thanks to the cameras. They also deter crime and have helped law enforcement investigate shootings, vandalism and other incidents, he said, noting the Suffolk County Police Department can review the town feeds.

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