SIOUX CITY – Sioux City Council will be asked on Monday to approve a deal with a local electrical contractor to supply and install security cameras on four of the city’s parking ramps to fight crime.
Tender notices have been sent to five vendors who can supply Avigilon security cameras for Discovery, Heritage, Rivers Landing and Martin Luther King, Jr. parking ramps. Thompson Electric Company submitted the highest bid. low of $ 87,415.66.
Public works director Dave Carney told the Journal on Friday that the ramps were safe and called recent crimes that have occurred as minors.
“The worst part is probably the person who steals gasoline or damages certain vehicles by piercing gas tanks,” he said. “I don’t want to make it look like they’re not safe. We don’t have any type of assault or things like that where people are accosted.”
Community police sergeant. Jeremy McClure said the Sioux City Police Department was working with the city’s parking division to “improve safety” at the ramps, after concerns were raised about criminal activity at Rivers Landing, 419 Douglas St.
Dispatchers responded to 23 criminal-type service calls in Rivers Landing between Jan. 1 and Oct. 12, according to data provided by the department. Data shows that 13 actual crimes took place on the ramp during that time – one burglary, drug possession, seven vehicle thefts and four felony offenses.
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McClure said most of the crimes that have happened at Rivers Landing are crimes of expediency, such as the theft of handbags, bags or wallets left in plain sight inside vehicles.
“It doesn’t fix things, but criminals are usually looking for an easy way to get things,” he said. “On the crime prevention side, people shouldn’t leave valuables inside their vehicles. And they should never leave valuables in plain sight. When they do, it makes their vehicle and property a target of opportunity.
McClure said the camera system, if approved, will create a “historical document,” which will help the department investigate these types of crimes.
Installing an Avigilon system would allow the new cameras to be compatible with existing cameras installed in other facilities in the city. Carney said the cameras will be linked to those already located in and around City Hall. He said cameras would record “comings and goings” at the ramp entrances, but noted that an individual would not be monitoring the system in real time.
“Basically if anyone knows the time that someone came and committed the crime, we could go back and look at the footage. We will keep it for so many days. But, it won’t be like us. someone has done it watching it, ”he said.