North Augusta Public Safety will soon be able to rely on extra surveillance in some of the city’s public places.
The North Augusta City Council adopted a resolution July 1 to enter into a five-year contract with Technology Solutions of Charleston, Inc. to receive its services for the design, installation and maintenance of a security camera system.
It will cost the city about $183,000 to place cameras in eight locations around the community. Technology Solutions of Charleston submitted the lowest bid.
The need for cameras was prompted by the number of break-ins that were occurring in the city, said North Augusta Public Safety Chief John Thomas.
“I’ve looked at the numbers and we keep seeing those numbers rise during certain times of the year,” he said.
Earlier this year, a committee was formed to study areas where cameras would be beneficial. Thomas served on the committee.
Eight locations were identified by the committee as having priority for the initial installation: the Riverview Park Activities Center parking lot; the parking lots on Fairfield Avenue in Riverview Park; the spray pad parking lot and walkway to Walmart in Summerfield Park; the Greeneway parking lots on Pisgah Road, Bergen Road and Martintown Road in the Rapids subdivision; the municipal center’s parking lot and entrances; and at the future site of the park and ride facility, which will be located at Interstate 20’s exit 5 and Highway 25.
“One of the things we want to do is to make those areas safe and secure,” said Thomas.
Cameras will be installed in those areas within the next few months. However, more cameras could be placed at additional locations in the future, he added.
The cameras will provide video feed in real-time and can also be saved and stored for later retrieval. While it won’t alert authorities when a crime is taking place, it will be useful to have in efforts to catch those committing crimes, said Thomas.
“It’s very beneficial for us to have this type of technology and be able to utilize it in a way that we’ll be able to stop some of these crimes from occurring,” said Thomas, adding that they hope “people will understand that they’re there for the benefit of the citizens.”