We’ve received some clarifications on the security camera to be installed on top of the police trailer in the OB Pier parking lot.
The camera, in fact, will not be monitored, according to Chet Barfield, District 2 community representative. If there is an incident, he explained, then presumably the police could look at the video tapes. The camera is supposed to be installed any day now, and will run 24/7.
Barfield also explained that the camera – worth about $5,000 they estimate – was donated by the owner of a private security company, Leonard Pool of SITUS Surveillance and Security Systems. The DVDs were also donated. SITUS is located up in Kearny Mesa.
“There’ll be no live surveillance,” Barfield told the OB Rag, no one will be in the trailer or other place monitoring the images. The camera, he said, is actually about the size of a microphone.
Asked if the camera will be up in time for the July 4th festivities, Barfield said it should be going up “now”.
Barfield also noted that despite what a recent press article about the camera had reported, there is no connection between the camera and any private security company patrolling the beach. CBS8 had reported:
Councilman Harris says within a couple weeks a donated security camera will go up at the foot of Newport Avenue. It will be operated by a private security company that will also help with patrols.
That’s inaccurate. It’s a different effort altogether, Barfield said, detailing that the OB Mainstreet Association has hired a private security company to run bicycle patrols along the beach front. It’s a 3-month pilot project with Elite Security. Unarmed bike patrol officers with uniforms will work 5 hours a day for 4 days a week during the project, which is in its first month.