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Surveillance to boost security at 9th Street space

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Columbus officials are making plans to soon install a surveillance camera at Ninth Street Park to help combat crime in the neighborhood.

Residents expressed concerns to city officials last year about criminal activity at the park, located at the intersection of Ninth and Wilson streets. They said incidents ranged from vandalism to drug deals and assaults.

Police Chief Jason Maddix said that since city police met with the park’s neighbors about three months ago, officers have conducted 283 extra patrols around Ninth Street Park. In that same time period, Columbus police responded to 26 calls for service regarding incidents in the vicinity of the park.

Maddix said the city has found a location for a security camera at the park and a vendor for the camera.

Maddix, in a report to the Board of Public Works and Safety on Tuesday, said the camera being considered comes encased in a steel container and is made to be mounted outdoors and in the elements.

Maddix said the city is still figuring out the best way to mount the camera to protect it.

Sean O’Leary, the city’s information technology manager, said the camera will be mounted on a utility pole that already has electricity and would record footage for three to six months.

He said the video would then be downloaded wirelessly to be viewed. Maddix said the video will be downloaded as often as needed, but generally after an incident such as a fight or vandalism.

The next steps will be to identify from which fund money will come to pay for the camera and to place the order with Security Pros of Jeffersonville, O’Leary said. The exact cost has yet to be determined, but Maddix estimated it would be about $4,500.

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