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Citizen surveillance – KNO weighs camera options

Kirkwood and East Lake

Citizen surveillance – KNO weighs camera options

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.