Savannah alderman looking to hasten surveillance camera installs downtown

Savannah alderman looking to hasten surveillance camera installs downtown

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - At the end of Thursday's Savannah City Council meeting, Alderman Brian Foster gave an update on the potential partnership between the city and private businesses to get surveillance cameras up in strategic locations faster.

Foster has met with downtown business owners, a camera tech expert and city staff this week in hopes of forging the partnership as soon as possible.

Foster says he felt like the effort to get surveillance cameras up around the city had stalled, and was not moving quickly enough. He says he got the public, private partnership regarding a shared use of surveillance cameras from looking at something similar in Atlanta, where he says the city can tap into cameras wirelessly without having to actually own the camera mounted on
a business.

Looking at ways to get the cameras without having to spend a dime, at Friday's County Commission meeting, the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics director spoke about a recent drug bust where some high-tech surveillance cameras were set up around the criminals'
house to look out for intruders.

Commissioner Tony Center posed the question, can the camera technology seized by police be used for County purposes, like monitoring parks? WTOC posed the question to Alderman Foster, and this is what he had to say.

"You may be able to use those for certain types of security, and that is something to staff would have to look at. But it is certainly something we can look at, it's just like other equipment that is confiscated," said Alderman Foster.

Some of the camera technology city and local business leaders learned about is pretty impressive.

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