Technology to put area under surveillance
Published 1:04 am Wednesday, July 4, 2007
By By Adrienne McKenzie – Special to the Standard
Downtown Atmore business owners will experience more safety from vandals or burglars due to technological upgrades the city will be installing before years-end.
According to director of public safety, Glenn Carlee, the city has been given a grant, which will allow Atmore to become more technologically advanced.
The money will be used in phases. The first phase includes a surveillance system in downtown Atmore. The city hopes to install eight cameras, possibly 10, for surveillance of businesses on U.S. 21 and U.S. 31.
Not only will the cameras have the live feed back to dispatchers, the technology also provides a recorded video of up to seven days.
The Sony wireless military spec surveillance cameras, ordered from Motorola, Inc., will start going up within the next four months. The process should be complete before 2008 begins.
The second phase of the project involves placing cameras in Atmore Police Department patrol cars, which will provide more safety for local police officers. This phase will not begin until Phase 1 is complete.
The third phase of the project is a computer system, which will give police officers access to different information from their patrol cars, according to Helper.
Helper feels the new technology will help Atmore citizens and officials keep the town a safer place.