Solvay (WSYR-TV) – Whether the car in your driveway’s been broken into, or the kids next door are causing trouble again, there are probably times you wish police could be watching your neighborhood all the time.
In a way, they can, in Solvay.
Police can now press their “hidden” officer into action, and be On The Lookout for trouble as it strikes.
Troubled by purse snatchings, robberies and accidents, police now have a way of keeping watch over a busy area of Solvay, 24/7, with an eye in the sky.
It’s one of two surveillance cameras that can be set up wherever and whenever a neighborhood, or business district is in need.
Police believe the cameras will help cut and deter crime.
“If you’re going to commit a crime, you don’t know whether you’re going to be on camera, we’re watching you commit the crime, and discover it after the fact…I think it’s going to push trouble out of the areas,” says Solvay investigator Larry Clapp.
The other camera is in a neighborhood, for now. Since it’s been perched on a pole, police say it’s been a lot quieter, and has met the goal of helping to improve the quality of life there.