Citizen surveillance – KNO weighs camera options

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 10, 2014
Illustration. Source: Wikimedia commons

Illustration. Source: Wikimedia commons

Kirkwood may need to find a cheaper solution if residents want to beef up security using surveillance cameras.

One solution floated during the July 10 Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization meeting put a high-tech spin on the idea of a neighborhood watch. Think of it as citizen surveillance.

KNO Vice President Margie Yondorf said the plan would involve connecting Atlanta Police officers with residents who already use cameras for home security purposes. She said if police are looking for information about a specific crime in an area, they could contact the individual homeowners in that area and ask them to provide footage.

“We want to use your cameras when we get those advisories from the public safety chair,” Yondorf told KNO members.

Yondorf asked for donations earlier this year to help cover the costs of the cameras. The idea of additional surveillance gained steam after the murder of 21-year-old army reservist X’avier Arnold in December.

The idea lost steam once the costs of installing the cameras became apparent. Installing six to eight cameras would cost $12,000 to $15,000 per camera, plus $1,000 per year per camera for maintenance.

“We’re not at the point of fundraising for those cameras yet,” she told the KNO.

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  • King Tommen

    During her re-election push last year, councilwoman Natalyn Archibong REPEATEDLY mentioned finding funding for increasing the number of security cameras in Kirkwood. Seems like I’ve not heard a peep out of her camp about that initiative since she won re-election.

  • Rick Derris

    LOL King Tommen. I was there at the KNO meeting, right before the election, where she interrupted the Chief of Police and claimed that she had the money for a $12,000 camera for one of the parks.

    Here we are months later and nothing……….politics as usual.

  • Jim

    Atlanta can’t even manage and maintain its sewers, sidewalks and streetlights. You people honestly believe it’s going to do any better at the helm of video surveillance system? A surveillance system would not only be another Atlanta signature boondoggle but a colossal waste of taxpayer resources.

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