It looks like Chicago is taking crime fighting to another level in some of its roughest neighborhoods.
According to a report in today’s Chicago Sun-Times, the City of Chicago is planning to upgrade surveillance in some of its highest-crime neighborhoods, many of which are already under surveillance by the city’s fleet of blue-light surveillance cameras. The new cameras, which are said to be small enough to fit into a matchbox, will be used in addition to the existing camera network.
The strategy behind the move is to enhance the existing surveillance. The new cameras can be moved from place to place, and the expectation is that criminals won’t know if and when they are under surveillance, a feature the static blue-light cameras can’t provide, Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said in the story.
"We put some here. We move it around. We run the operation. We arrest a lot of bad guys,” Weis said in the Sun-Times' story. “Then we see where there's another uptick, and we move 'em somewhere else. It's kind of like mobile pods, but they're covert. The bad guys will never know they're being watched."
Read the full story here.