Tuesday, February 8, 2022

City Council to study Creek Park video surveillance system

The La Mirada City Council will revisit a proposal to use video surveillance at Creek Park at its monthly study session Tuesday to assist law enforcement efforts to deter unlawful activity and to help identify those that commit criminal acts in the mile-long park.

Security technology experts from Verkada Inc based in San Mateo, California visited the park to conduct an assessment and determined that ten cameras would be able to cover areas of concern identified by city public safety officials where vandalism and other crimes were most occurring.
Imperial Hwy tunnel that could soon 
see video security cameras

The study also proposes placing two cameras inside the pedestrian tunnel underneath Imperial Highway connecting the wilderness area of Creek Park to Oak Creek Park where acts of vandalism occur regularly.

Park patrons have voiced concern about recent acts of vandalism that include spray painting the restroom walls, drug use on the horse trail, and occasional reports of visitors being accosted by individuals that were suffering from mental health issues. 
The city council will view video from a surveillance camera already in place at the city yard on Phoebe Avenue to demonstrate the advantages and limits that video may serve in identifying suspects that commit crimes in the park.

The system under study allows instant access to recorded video for 30 days on any device and features facial recognition ability.

If approved, the cameras would be mounted on poles with solar panels and linked using internet connectivity.

The city council study session begins today at 5 p.m. in the conference room at La Mirada City Hall.

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