Open Records: Fighting for information on Wilkes-Barre's surveillance camera network
There are more than 200 cameras watching the residents of Wilkes-Barre, and city officials say they make the city safer.
The problem, though, is the city says it doesn’t keep track - or plan to keep track - of any statistics that would show whether the cameras are effective. In its mind, the city’s word that the cameras are effective is all the public needs.
That’s where we come in.
I filed a Right-To-Know request with Hawkeye Security Solutions, which installed and maintains the system, for any and all installation records, planning documents and maintenance records. We want to take that information, map out the camera locations and try to evaluate whether the cameras make a difference on crime.
“It’s kind of like watching commercials about yourself constantly.”— Incumbent District Attorney candidate Jackie Musto Carroll, the subject of a massive attack ad campaign, talking about cyber bullying.