Surveillance Tower Watches Consumers

by on December 21, 2010 · 2 comments

in Civil Rights, San Diego

(Photo by Morgan Cook - North County Times Photographer)

By Morgan Cook / North County Times / Originally published Dec. 19, 2010

Sheriff’s deputies throughout the region are keeping a careful watch over consumers —- sometimes quite literally —- in an effort to keep thieves at bay this holiday season.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is using the 25-foot-tall SkyWatch tower to survey shopping center parking lots during the Holiday Watch patrols that began Nov. 26, authorities said. The tower will be hitched to a truck and towed around the county to thwart thefts with its long view and conspicuous presence until the department-wide operation ends Jan. 14.

“It’s useful anytime there’s a lot of space where bad things can happen,” Sgt. Stephanie Guerra said of the tower recently, during a holiday-watch operation at Grand Plaza on Las Posas Road in San Marcos. “It gives us a bird’s eye view and high visibility; bad guys can see we’re here.”

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avatar Shane Finneran December 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

We could use one of these outside City Hall. And several dozen on Capitol Hill.


avatar Hooligan. December 3, 2011 at 12:10 am

Yeah, it’s just great! You’ve got cameras on every street corner now, military style guard towers, sound canons used on peaceful
protesters, also riot gear and chemical weapons like pepper spray. Hey, remember when we used to criticize the Soviet Union for being a police state?? Just sayin’.


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