The cost of installing video surveillance cameras in downtown Simcoe has doubled to $40,000.
Norfolk council has approved the expenditure of $20,000 to modify county light standards to accommodate the cameras. The funds are needed primarily for electrical upgrades.
“It’s important that we continue with the work we’ve started,” said Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts. “This is going to increase confidence in the downtown.
“This will only further the perception that council is taking steps to improve the downtown.”
Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus agreed.
“As a member of the police services board, I think it will help solve crimes in downtown Simcoe,” he said.
This fall, the Simcoe Business Improvement Area obtained 28 closed-circuit television cameras. They will be installed at strategic locations in the core. The $20,000 for this purpose was obtained from the province’s Urban Renewal Partnership.
The BIA plans to have the cameras up and running before winter arrives. The video feed will be monitored at the BIA office on Peel Street.
At a recent meeting of Norfolk council, BIA chair Cam Carter said surveillance footage will be available to the Norfolk OPP on request. The BIA is also exploring the possibility of providing the feed from a central camera on the internet.
Money for upgrades to the electrical infrastructure in downtown Simcoe will come from the county’s grant fund.