Valdosta Police To Use Street Cameras To Fight Crime

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

Smile - you're on camera.
Street cameras monitor traffic 24 hours a day in more than 40 Valdosta intersections.
They're used by the city for traffic management but now Valdosta police will use them to help catch criminals.
Lt. Aaron Kirk with the Valdosta Police Department tells Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg that this will help them see criminals on the road.

"You know we can track the vehicle and get evidence from that vehicle on the direction of travel. We'll find out which way it's going. Or possible other evidence that may come from these videos," says Lt. Kirk.

The City Council unanimously voted in favor of allowing the live feeds to be recorded by Valdosta police Thursday.
The cameras are set up throughout Valdosta intersections.
Every car that passes through one of them is caught on camera.
And access to those feeds is at your finger tips.
On your computer you can see every turn - every accident and every crime if they happen while you're watching.

But police are only interested in using recordings for major crimes like murder and bank robberies
We're not talking traffic tickets here.

Remember the Dougherty siblings?
Valdosta police say the cameras would have gotten a real good look at the getaway car.
But they weren't recorded.

"Ah, definitely, I think it'll help them catch more criminals," says one high school student to Gullberg.

But another says, "Probably, I don't want people looking at me when I don't know they're looking at me."

Valdosta police say recordings will be deleted after 14 days unless they have reason to keep them.
They plan to start January 1st.

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  • by d'ubba Location: tally on Dec 9, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    maybe it would be a good investment of the taxxx payer $ to get cameras and mikes for all interactions between lobbyist and representatives .. hmmm crime fighting with their ideas yes a winner 4 fl. If they are our .... representatives why cant we hear every word said to the PUBLIC..... office holders .. get 2 for the gov we need several angels on slick richy rick and drug test him and his rich buddy to see why they need all that money and honey ;-)
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Dec 9, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    I would gladly give up any privacy to be safe from the dreadful terrorists. The government can read my mail, read my e-mail, tap my phone, track my Internet usage, examine my bank account, surveil me in public, place a tracking device on my car. I am so scared of the terrorists. I don't care what it costs. The police are your buddies.
  • by Jeff Location: Valdosta on Dec 9, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    The cameras should be used to help fight crime as long as they don't invade the privacy of the public. Those cameras have the capacity to zoom down and read the date on a quarter on the ground underneath it. Will the video be abused? Are their policies against using it for wrong purposes? BIG BROTHER IS AT THE DOOR.
  • by STEVE on Dec 9, 2011 at 04:45 AM
    Tallahassee would be better served to take the red light cameras and put them in high crime areas.
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      by Jeff on Dec 9, 2011 at 05:42 AM in reply to STEVE
      The red light running cameras use a different technology so they don't take a picture except when a vehicle runs a red light. Now there is video but it is not live streaming video like traffic cameras that are used to view traffic and adjust traffic signals to improve traffic flow.
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      by Willie on Dec 9, 2011 at 05:49 AM in reply to STEVE
      You are correct Steve, but there is no money in catching criminals....only in traffic tickets. I believe the city commisioners make the decisions on these things.
    • reply
      by REALLY on Dec 9, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to STEVE
      you just dont get it do you steve? do you really think the lawcaresabout you or your family's saftey or well being? IT IS ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY THEY CAN TAKE FROM THE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THEIR JOBS RAISES AND RETIREMENT.
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