Surveillance Camera to Be Installed on OB Police Trailer

by on June 9, 2014 · 4 comments

in Civil Rights, Environment, Ocean Beach

OB new police trailer 2014lCouncilman Ed Harris announced at the “Respect OB” BBQ held Saturday for first responders that there will be a surveillance camera installed on top of the parking lot Police Trailer to combat crime at the foot of Newport Avenue.

Harris said the security camera will be installed within a couple weeks. It has been donated to the the community of OB by unknown sources and will be operated by a private security company that will also help with patrols. Harris said:

“It’s just a thank you from the public.”

The foot of Newport and the OB Wall are considered by police to be “high-crime areas”.

“It’s not illegal to be homeless,” Harris said, “but you have to respect OB.”

Ever since the early and late Sixties, the foot of Newport Avenue has been a hotspot for reported nuisance crimes and drug dealing. And now local merchants and others are cheering on this new tool for law enforcement. San Diego police officer Efrain Peregrina told the CBS8:

“That way we can keep eyes more on our regular local ones that are always committing the crimes at night – so it’s good for the community.”

 Not everyone is cheering the installation of the surveillance camera, however. Certainly not those in the community who have historically opposed the presence of the controversial trailer.

And certainly not those within the hip-surf bohemian village of the Land of OB who hail from more of a libertarian slant on life – who perceive this new surveillance camera as an intrusion into the public space of the community.

Plus numerous questions are also unaddressed.  Who donated the camera? Which private security company is involved? Who will be monitoring the cameras? Who is paying the monitors? Will they be 24/7?

The Orwellian nature of the camera is not being addressed, either.

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avatar John June 9, 2014 at 9:55 pm

” It has been donated to the the community of OB by unknown sources and will be operated by a private security company that will also help with patrols. Harris said:

“It’s just a thank you from the public.””

So public they hid their identity?

This is a highly unusual, and troublesome situation.

Security patrols can’t issue citations. Security patrols are usually hired by private property owners like malls and luxury residential buildings where they can exercise their only real power: ordering you to leave that private property and forcibly removing you or detaining you for police if you don’t. As agent for the owner they have the authority to do that.
Since the parking lot, the pier, and the boardwalk are all PUBLIC property I’m not sure what authority they would have to order people to leave it- and if they used physical force there will quickly be lawsuits, with the city as co-defendant.

Maybe they need a camera. They put them in at mission beach with the SDPD monitoring them. I predict a controversy and if implemented a rather short life for this half baked scheme.

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avatar nostalgic June 10, 2014 at 7:08 am

Does this mean that the private security company will be using the police trailer for surveillance? Otherwise, how will they use it?

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avatar editordude June 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

Please see today – Tuesday’s – update on the camera.

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avatar obracer June 10, 2014 at 9:11 pm

How about just looking for a law enforcement agency that will enforce current laws ?
Get rid of the crap we have now.

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