No Records Measure Surveillance Camera Effectiveness

4 years 4 months 1 week ago Monday, February 03 2014 Feb 3, 2014 Monday, February 03, 2014 7:51:00 PM CST February 03, 2014 in News
By: Rachel Wittel, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Surveillance cameras in Columbia keep watch for crime at four separate intersections downtown, but due to a lack of record keeping, it's not clear how effective they've been in solving crime since their installation in 2010.

"They've helped in several cases," Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard said. "I don't have any stats, you know, on how many cases or if there's video that helped solve a case."

Taxpayers fronted $75,000 for the cameras' installation, and the city pays maker ISG Technology $21,000 per year for their maintenance. 

"Think about about all the other tools we use to help us solve a crime," City Manager Mike Matthes said. "The armor we assign to every police officer is very expensive, but we think that's worth it, right? We'd rather have them armored than not. The uniforms are expensive. The badges aren't cheap. We do certain things because we feel like they're important, and the cameras are that way, too."

The eight cameras keep watch from Broadway and Hitt Street, Ninth and Cherry Street, Tenth and Broadway, and Tenth and Cherry Street. However, the cameras at Tenth and Broadway failed to capture the infamous shots fired in June 2013. Instead, someone's smart phone video helped solve the case.

"They can't cover everything," Bernhard said. "The ones that can pan and zoom – those aren't monitored 24 hours a day. We don't have the staff to monitor them. But generally, the cameras are there, and they're always recording and then after an event, we'll go back and look at the recordings."

Matthes said limited camera functionality is not the city's biggest issue. Columbia has been in need of more police staff for years.

"We're about 30 percent understaffed," Matthes said. "That's from a long history of, you know, the city has grown and our funding has slowly eroded away."

However, Matthes said if the city were able to hire more protection officers, a position for someone to monitor the surveillance cameras would not be one of them.

As the city's contract with ISG comes to an end next year, it raises the question whether the city--which can't tally a count of how many cases the cameras have assisted solving--should invest in more cameras or renew its agreement.

"I know this has been before the city council several times," Bernhard said. "It's a controversial topic. It'll be up to the city council and the people of Columbia if we we get more cameras or not."

Until then, Matthes said he did not know when the cameras discussion will return as an official item on the agenda at the city council.

More News

Grid
List
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 7:08:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri democrats want Governor Mike Parson fire his chief operating officer and cancel a contract awarded to... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 6:49:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri air conditioning companies are facing the busiest time of year amid a four-day heat advisory. Craig... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 5:16:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The attorney representing the security guard who shot Anthony Warren at a Waffle House on New Year's Day... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The 600 block of Monroe Street will be closed until Friday. Construction crews are removing a retaining... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A death, a huge cache of weapons and a suspect whose gun jammed as he was aiming... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 2:17:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe to be the new lieutenant... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 1:15:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
BOONVILLE - Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport may reach new heights after the city council accepted a bid and authorized a... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 12:42:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City public works crews will be repairing a road buckle on Providence Road between Blue Ridge Road and... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 11:39:00 AM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
BALLWIN (AP) — Another bear sighting has people concerned in part of Missouri, but this time, it's deep into... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 9:45:39 AM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY – The Katy Trail will see more bike traffic than usual this week with the 2018 Katy Trail... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 7:33:00 AM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is under a heat advisory until Monday evening. The National Weather Service issued the advisory on... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 9:29:00 PM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
FULTON - Forty people with disabilities will learn how to ride a two-wheel bicycle at the iCan Bike camp this... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 9:18:00 PM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri is the first and only state to define "meat" as exclusively animal product. The Missouri General... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 4:55:00 PM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The city will discuss the results of the 2017 Community Survey at Monday's city council meeting. Used... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 4:06:00 PM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
ROCHEPORT - The Sunny Oaks Charity Horse Show brought about 20 riders out Sunday afternoon to compete for ribbons and... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 3:36:00 PM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD - A Hickman High School graduate has surrounded herself with Kewpies. The dolls' trademark round eyes watch happily from... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 8:05:00 AM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Hundreds of people impacted by cancer gathered together on a track Saturday in support of cancer fighters and... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 16 2018 Jun 16, 2018 Saturday, June 16, 2018 10:11:00 PM CDT June 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 80°
1am 80°
2am 79°
3am 78°
4am 77°