Watching the watchers: traffic camera cameras.
Replacing those cameras is expensive, county police officials say, costing between $30,000 and $100,000. So in September they unveiled a plan to catch the camera vandals: surveillance cameras to watch the surveillance cameras. By the end of the year, Prince George's County Police Maj. Robert Liberati, who heads the county's traffic camera program, expected to have a dozen meta-cameras in place.
Liberati told the Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP that each act of vandalism takes a camera "off the street that operates and slows people down, so there's a loss of safety for the community." He did not estimate the cost of installing the camera-watching cameras or speculate whether they will provoke additional vandalism.
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|Date:||Dec 6, 2012|
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