The Benwood City Bbuilding is getting a big upgrade, 20 security cameras. Most security cameras watch who is coming in and out of a building. The new cameras coming to Benwood will be able to do much more than that.
“They do have the ability to zoom up and down Main Street and they’ll have the ability to monitor part of our city park,” said Benwood Police Chief Frank Longwell.
Along with zooming up and down the street, they’ll be able to produce a clear video. 7News spoke with local people that think this will give Benwood families more peace of mind.
“I think that’s a good idea they want to look out for the neighborhood. You know, people don’t care they have no respect for authority or the law I think that’s been made apparent, so you know if you want to watch out for kids or the elderly,” said Andrew Surgent.
The chief says there have been no major security concerns at the building, but the cameras have helped the city in the past.
“They’ll even be able to read license plates if we need to, and in the past we’ve actually solved quite a bit of crimes with our security cameras,” said Longwell.
The chief says the cameras are not being put in place as an invasion of privacy, but a way to look out for their residents.
“Some of the parks that I grew up around, people just did whatever and there was broken bottles and all that kind of stuff. So, maybe they can cut down on that kind of stuff. People just don’t care it’s, oh, whatever no one cares about this crap. That kind of an attitude, you know, they might be like well someone is watching maybe I need to change the way I act,” said Surgent.
“Kids safety, I have two kids. To be able to walk down the street by yourself and feel secure,” said Danielle Meddles.
The chief says the end goal is to keep the parks and streets of Benwood safe for everyone.
The four extra cameras will be placed outside. The new cameras have not been installed yet.