North Carolina City to Test Efficacy of Video Surveillance


Durham police recently unveiled a new video surveillance program to test whether CCTV cameras help deter crime in public.

The six-month experiment will focus on the use of 13 cameras concentrated in an area targeted by the city’s Operation Bull’s Eye anti-crime initiative, The Herald-Sun reported.

City Manager Patrick Baker said at a recent news conference there is no illusion the “cameras are going to be an end-all and be-all,” although the program did reflect a commitment by city officials to find successful crime-fighting tools.

The wireless surveillance network, designed and installed by Baltimore-based Teleport Systems Inc., cost the city about $122,000, according to the newspaper.

Police will have the capability to tap into the video feed using desktop computers and portable units mounted in patrol cars.

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