Seekonk Police to Install Street Cameras
The Seekonk Police Department plans to install five cameras on various streets in an effort to curb criminal activity. Police Chief Dean Isabella told the Board of Selectmen about Flock Safety, a company which operates a camera system all over New England. “What it allows us to do is have a constant ability to capture information that will allow us to enhance investigations,” Isabella said at Wednesday’s meeting. “For example, we’ve had some major retail burglaries in (Seekonk) over the past year and a half.”
With the Flock system, the Seekonk Police would have access to all cameras in that system and would be able to track vehicles involved in those crimes. “(The camera) gets a clear picture of the (license) plate on that vehicle, which is very helpful,” Isabella noted. “It also gives us alerts to suspect vehicles that enter our jurisdiction. It does act as a deterrent.” Those vehicles might be stolen cars or those connected with a Silver alert or an Amber alert.
Each camera will cost $2500 annually. The department studied locations with the highest number of border traffic. The locations selected include the I-195 overpass for Providence and Fall River, Highland Avenue, Central Avenue, and Rt. 114 A/ Taunton Avenue. “There’s no delay in the implementation of the program,” Isabella added. “(Flock) could probably have them up and going within a couple of weeks if we so choose.”
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