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How Security Cameras for Cities Can Make the Streets Safer

How Security Cameras for Cities Can Make the Streets Safer

For years, ProTech has worked to keep homes and businesses safer. Now, with security cameras for cities, we’re also keeping citizens safer as they stroll city streets and enjoy their local parks.

This is because the city of Canton is working with ProTech to install 10 security cameras at various intersections in the downtown area. This comes after city officials noticed a drop in calls to police after ProTech cameras were placed at several local parks.

The numbers from the parks were striking. After three years of increasing reports of criminal activity in Nimisilla Park, cameras were installed there in 2016. Calls due to activity in the park dropped to only 12 — a sharp decrease from the 43 calls received the year before. Other parks with cameras installed noticed similar results.

Canton is hardly the first city in the world to use security cameras to enhance the safety of its citizens. Some of the largest cities in the world are also home to the largest security camera networks. Beijing, London, Chicago, Houston, and New York top the list of big cities with camera lenses everywhere.

What’s the Magic Behind Security Cameras for Cities?

What makes a security camera system such an effective crime fighter? It’s great when security cameras catch a crime in action, but it’s even better when they stop a crime before it starts. That’s the power of security cameras for cities — they act as an effective deterrent to would-be criminals.

From drug dealing to purse-snatching and assaults, criminals are more likely to engage in bad behavior when they think no one’s watching — and especially a security camera system that they know is monitored by police.

“Rather than catching somebody doing something inappropriate, we hope that it keeps them from doing it altogether,” Derek Gordon from Canton Parks and Recreation explained to CantonRep.com.

That’s why security cameras are placed in prominent locations and feature signs that draw attention to them. Law enforcement and security experts know that if criminals know they’re being watched, they’re less likely to commit a crime. Based on the drop in calls from Canton area parks, the numbers prove this to be true.

How Do Security Cameras for Cities Work?

People often have the misconception that security cameras only exist to provide video evidence to track down criminals after a crime has taken place. They don’t realize that the mere presence of cameras — whether it’s outside a home, inside a business, or on city streets, in parking lots, and in parks, can prevent crime before it happens.

If a crime does take place, however, today’s cameras are more than simple recording devices. Modern surveillance camera technology can allow dispatch personnel to view a crime in progress via a live feed. This helps police have accurate information about what’s unfolding before they even arrive. This enables them to better find and catch the suspect, as well as helping them keep citizens and themselves safe.

Another amazing aspect of today’s security camera technology? While each camera used to require an air card in order to connect to the internet, the new wave of cameras operates on a “point-to-point, point-to-multi-point” wireless system. In Canton, connectivity from the City secure network will be distributed throughout the camera system via a series of antennas.

Outdoor security cameras for cities are made to last, and they’re able to withstand all manner of weather and temperatures. They’re encased in tough, waterproof boxes. Sweltering summertime heat is no problem and neither are winter blizzards, as each camera has the ability to environmentally control itself.

Why Choose ProTech for Your Security Camera Solutions?

Whether it’s security cameras for cities or indoor cameras to protect a residential or commercial property, it’s important to work with a company to install a custom video surveillance system. That’s why the city of Canton decided to go with ProTech, according to Patrick Barton, the city’s information technology director.

“The one thing that appealed to us with ProTech is they’ve actually provided similar camera systems to the city of Cleveland,” he said.

The city revealed that they had previously been unhappy with cameras leased from a different security provider. That program ended in less than a year amidst complaints about the quality of the technology, as well as the service.

Lt. John Gabbard of the Canton Police Department reported that ProTech’s cameras were “much sturdier” than the previous ones. ProTech also handles all updates and software maintenance for its camera systems, ensuring that everything is working correctly and up-to-date.

From residential security solutions to ones for commercial properties, ProTech is experienced at customizing security and surveillance options for areas of any size and clients of any kind. That’s why large cities trust us to install surveillance camera systems in their streets and parks – helping to protect the safety of every man, woman, and child who lives, works and plays there.

At ProTech Security, we have a strong history of experience, innovation and customer service. The ProTech Security Advantage is more than 30 years of service in Northeast Ohio and a strong commitment to providing quality, cost-effective protection for homes, businesses, educational institutions and government facilities. To see what ProTech Security can do for you, contact us today.

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