Allentown's Mayor Endorses CSI,
Video Surveillance System Effective in Deterring Crime
The Problem: Several Allentown neighborhoods were experiencing above city average incidents of burglaries, vandalism, narcotics trafficking and assaults. These crimes were driving down the quality of life for the residents and merchants in these areas, while stretching the finite resources of the local law enforcement to their limits.
The Need: A full‐time law enforcement presence in these high‐crime areas; this would serve as both a crime deterrent and as an investigation aid. This solution must also meet the city’s budgetary restraints.
The CSI Solution: A wireless surveillance system, consisting of cameras installed strategically in locations throughout the city. Connected to a central monitoring station, it allows law enforcement officials to observe and in some cases, interrupt criminal activity. The system was launched in October of 2007.
The Result: Upon the activation of the first phase of the system, the city observes a reduction in crime, meeting the objective of the initiative. Police witness and interrupt crimes in progress and use footage obtained from the cameras as evidence in making arrests. In the years following the launch, additional cameras placed in other high‐crime areas in Allentown provide similar positive results.
“The system has paid tremendous dividends. The cameras continue to be an effective evidence tool. There have been numerous incidents where the cameras detect criminal activity long before a 911 call is placed. CSI understands the needs of government and law enforcement. They have been a great partner in developing and deploying technical solutions in public safety.” Read Testimonial
Mayor Ed Pawlowski
City of Allentown