Surveillance Cameras


Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts are calling for greater security measures at all-night businesses.  This follows the unsolved murder earlier this year of a man at a 24-hour gas station in the city.

The first alleged violator has been caught under a camera littering law in northern Westchester County. The supervisor of Yorktown says the law is the first of its kind in the U.S. and will go a long way in helping the town’s “Do Not Litter” campaign. 

Troy launches SafeCam initiative; allows private security cameras to be registered with police.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

If you’re in public, you’re probably on camera. The city of Troy is embarking on a new initiative called "SafeCam," geared to take advantage of private camera systems by incorporating them into the city's plan to solve crimes and other urban mysteries.

A 50-year-old Hudson Valley man has been cleared of attempted unlawful surveillance in connection with using a drone-mounted camera to shoot photos and videos of a medical office building.

President Obama’s call to equip police officers across the country with body cameras could change the way police interact with civilians, including those accused of breaking the law. Some experts say more study is needed before police agencies will know how beneficial body cameras can be and what the impacts really are.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Electronic surveillance devices are everywhere, and some are not so obvious.

The intriguing headline of a newspaper article that may have slipped by over the Memorial Day holiday: "Big data is now watching you – 37 million entries capture movements of motorists in the Capital Region"

Legislator Urges Revision Of A NYS Traffic Law

Sep 25, 2013
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An Orange County legislator is calling for a change in a New York state traffic law. He says the change would help cut down on dangerous driving in his city that is putting residents - especially children - in harm’s way.

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Rutland, Vermont’s city council has asked a city committee to study the idea of placing security cameras in private neighborhoods.

Rutland landlord Cam Johnston asked  the Board of Aldermen to consider putting up surveillance cameras after one of his properties was the site of a home invasion. Alderman Christopher Robinson is not thrilled with the idea, but moved that the Public Safety Committee research the matter.