$1.1 million for security cameras at Woodside Houses

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The residents of the Woodside Houses will soon be safer thanks to a new security camera system.

On April 5, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced the $1.1 million project, funded by the City Council. It will include 137 cameras on 20 buildings as part of a new closed-circuit television system for the complex. The cameras will be installed in the lobbies, entrances and basements of the buildings.

“We want residents to feel as safe as possible in their community and in their homes and these security cameras, which will be in every building in the complex, will do that, “ said Van Bramer. “It will make people feel safer and it will also allow police to catch anybody that does commit a crime that much more quickly.”

With installation already underway, the project is expected to be completed by July.

“It’s good because this way the cops can see what is going on outside and they can monitor everything,” said Donald Robinson, assistant supervisor of Woodside Houses. “It’s a security blanket for the residents and especially for the senior citizens. Now someone will always have an eye on them.”

Robinson also hopes the new security system will help keep the buildings cleaner and will gather more information on any wrongdoings that occur within the area.

“You don’t have to say a word because the cameras will catch everything,” said Robinson. “It will make people feel comfortable.”




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