Jersey City expands CCTV camera system

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Jersey City announced it has expanded its Closed Caption Television camera system, adding 58 new cameras for a total of 214 cameras citywide.

These new high definition 5-megapixel cameras serve as a deterrent against crime and allow for images clear enough to identify and track suspects, becoming admissible evidence in court.

“It is without question that the CCTV system h­­­­­as made our crime-fighting initiatives that much more successful,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “Working with the community, over the last three years we have completely revamped the previously outdated and unusable system with high-quality technology in strategic locations to advance our ultimate goal of maximizing public safety efforts citywide.”

The new CCTV cameras are equipped with a significantly higher resolution compared to the “archaic” 1-megapixel system the administration inherited, which was composed of less than 50 working cameras, according to a press release from the city.

The locations for the new HD cameras are based on community feedback and crime data that identify areas with historically high crime rates.

“Upgrading our CCTV system has already proven useful in numerous cases,” said Public Safety Director James Shea. “One example occurred just last month when our officers were able to pursue a fleeing suspect.  They used the cameras to follow his car, then trail the actor on foot. Despite multiple attempts to elude the police – changing his clothing, and even joining an active basketball game – police officers were still able to track and apprehend the suspect using the cameras. Without this advanced system, this criminal and many others may still be on the loose.”

Phase I, II, and III of the CCTV project included six parks and 32 street locations.  The first three phases cost nearly $1.4 million, in a combination of Department of Homeland Security Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funds and capital budget funds.  Phase Four consisted of $500,000 from the State Law Enforcement Trust Fund and $40,000 from the capital budget.

With each phase, the city continues to upgrade the technology’s software and extend fiber lines to new and future locations. Because the new software allows multiple users on the system without video delays, the CCTVs can also be used for emergency or evacuation scenarios.

Phase Five is scheduled for 2020.

The next phase is expected to include 300 existing cameras at housing sites citywide that are currently managed by the Jersey City Housing Authority, all at no additional cost to the Department of Public Safety.

The 16 new locations included in Phase Four are:

  1. Wegman Parkway and MLK Drive (5 Cameras)
  2. Bramhall Ave. and MLK Drive (4 Cameras)
  3. Grant Ave. and Bergen Ave. (4 Cameras)
  4. Fairview Ave. and Bergen Ave. (5 Cameras)
  5. Jewett Ave. and Bergen Ave. (4 Cameras)
  6. New Street and Ocean Ave. (3 Cameras)
  7. Rutgers Ave. and McAdoo Ave. (3 Cameras)
  8. Union Ave. and Bergen Ave. (4 Cameras)
  9. Storm Ave and Monticello Ave (4 Cameras)
  10. Ocean Ave. and Bidwell Ave. (3 Cameras)
  11. Winfield Ave. and Ocean Ave. (3 Cameras)
  12. Bostwick Ave. and Bergen Ave. (3 Cameras)
  13. Fairmount Ave. and Bergen Ave. (3 Cameras)
  14. Reed Street and Bergen Ave. (3 Cameras)
  15. Van Nostrand Ave. and MLK Drive (4 Cameras)
  16. Randolph Ave. and Harmon Street (4 Cameras)