New Surveillance System Goes Live in Northeast Bronx

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

A new, state-of-the-art NYPD surveillance system is now active in the Northeast Bronx, with ten cameras recording large swaths of the area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, authorities said.

The system offers birds-eye views of streets in the 45th Precinct, which encompasses Co-Op City and City Island. The program will likely to be expanded to other sections of the Bronx, officials said.

The system’s capabilities are vast: the camera lenses can surveil sprawling areas, but NYPD operators can also use their high-powered zoom functions to capture close-ups of suspects, witnesses, and victims, as well as scan license plates and identify vehicles.

The ten cameras cost about $100,000 each, officials said.

Their footage is monitored around the clock by police at an NYPD operations center—the department’s latest foray into high-tech camera surveillance in the five boroughs.

The NYPD has been heavily criticized of late for using facial recognition technology to try and identify potential crime suspects; a practice the department has defended as both vital and effective.

Separately, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office has created a sprawling directory of private surveillance cameras installed in and outside Bronx businesses; a voluntary program that allows prosecutors to check footage from over 700 cameras.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, incarceration, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, and the New York Post, among other publications. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.