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Southfield Installing Security Cameras In Parks To Deter Crime

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SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) - The city of Southfield is going behind the lens to try to stop vandalism.

Security cameras are being installed at several city parks that have been vandalized in recent years — including Inglenook Park, Stratford Woods Commons, Bedford Woods Park, Pebble Creek Park, Simms Park and Miller Park

The motion-activated cameras will cost about $41,000 to install and operate, but the city says keeping the parks looking nice is worth it — considering the cost of replacing and repairing damaged equipment.

The cost of the cameras will be covered, in part, by a grant. The remaining amount will come from the Parks and Recreation 2012-2013 budget land improvement account.

The cameras, developed by Q Star Technology, are portable and solar-charged. They provide high-resolution images and can actually talk, letting someone know when they’ve been caught in the act.

The first cameras will be installed in Southfield city parks within the next few weeks.

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