Surveillance system unveiled
WARREN — “Big Brother” is watching.
With the activation of 67 surveillance cameras at five sites in Warren and around the Trumbull County administration building, city residents and guests should feel pretty safe.
“Downtown Warren is already safe,” Warren Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said. “Having the opportunity through a grant to place cameras so we can provide even more safety was a no brainer.”
Robert Dietl, owner and operator of Cyclops Technology Group, said law enforcement will be able to observe everything happening in a 360-degree radius surrounding the multiple camera system with high resolution images.
“This system both deters crime and helps to provide evidence to solve crimes,” Dietl said.
Cyclops Technology Group, which is based in Warren, has been around for 15 years and has been selling versions of its X360 camera system for a decade.
Dietl is demonstrating the camera system 11 a.m. today at the log cabin across from Courthouse Square.
The purchase of the cameras was made possible through Trumbull County and Warren working together in 2017 to apply for a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency. Each community received approximately $100,000 for their surveillance systems and will maintain and monitor its own systems.
“We purchased a total of 75 cameras,” Cantalamessa said. “The remaining cameras are being kept in storage to be used as replacements in the event that some break down.”
Warren’s cameras are located in five locations — West Market Street at Tod Avenue, West Market at Mahoning Avenue, on Parkman Road, near the Lunar Module, in Perkins Park and in Packard Park, said Warren’s Information Technology Director Jim Black.
“These areas were chosen based on conversations we had with the Trumbull County Sheriff, Warren police, the city and county officials,” Black said.
The majority of the cameras have been operating since the end of December. Cameras at two of the five sites were activated within the last two weeks.
The fixed-location cameras provide high definition, 360-degree views that will be able to give law enforcement and city officials both wide views of the areas and the capability of capturing sharp images of license plates, according to Dietl.
Cyclops has its systems in communities in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Cleveland and in other communities across the country, according to Dietl.
“I have clients who have told me their police service calls have been reduced by nearly 80 percent once we placed our system,” Dietl said.
County Commissioner Dan Polivka said the county concentrated placing its cameras on Harmon Street and the parking lots surrounding the county administration building.
“We want to make sure our employees and people coming to our buildings feel safe,” Polivka said.
The county purchased its cameras from Youngstown-based Integra.
Black said the city will not have people watching images on the cameras 24 hours, seven days a week, but officers will have easy access to what is captured on recordings from computers in their cars.