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Surveillance cameras to enhance security in Brentwood Park

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

High-tech eyes soon could be keeping tabs on Brentwood Park.

In an effort to boost security in the municipal park, borough leaders said Monday they plan to add about 10 surveillance cameras that can be viewed directly from the police station, a laptop in a police car or even from an authorized phone.

“It's not as though you have to have someone watching those at all times, but if an action occurs, you obviously have a recording that you can go back to,” Mayor Dennis Troy said.

Council members said they plan to vote next week to have Brentwood manager George Zboyovsky prepare a request for the proposal to add surveillance cameras in the park.

“Everybody is looking for security within the park,” Councilman Pat Carnevale said.

Officials have looked at several options, such as hiring state constables or a security firm to patrol the park.

Each choice came at a cost and had negative aspects, Carnevale said.

Carnevale said he, along with Troy and Councilman Dean Trent, recently met with a company that reviewed surveillance needs in Brentwood Park.

The proposal is for 10 infrared-capable cameras to be installed in the park, leaders said.

“The best options we've got is put the cameras up,” Carnevale said.

The cameras will record only video, which can be stored for up to two weeks, Troy said.

Carnevale said even he will not know where the cameras are located, but there will not be blind spots in the park.

The cameras likely will cost about $30,000, Zboyovsky said.

“Everyone wants security down there, so we're going to have to pay the cost,” Carnevale said.

Signs will be placed in the park to alert people that they are under surveillance once the cameras are installed, Trent said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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