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LP boosting downtown security camera coverage

LAKE PLACID - Fund raising efforts are paying for security cameras in the downtown area to serve as a deterrent to criminal activity and to assist law enforcement in identify perpetrators.

The cameras are being placed in strategic areas to capture the images of people who are trying to escape from them, Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler said.

There have been a few robberies that have taken place on the train tracks near the train depot, he said. A man was shot in the arm late in the year last year during a robbery.

"We are hoping to either avoid those situations by placing cameras down there or begin capturing suspect information when we set up the cameras," Fansler said.

The situation is similar at Nu-Hope, he said. The police department has tracked suspects who were running past the store either on South Main Avenue or in the alley way.

Five security cameras were installed at the train depot/Depot Museum in mid December at a cost of $3,155, which was paid for through donations and installation savings ($1,155) provided by Central Security.

The police department provided $200 for an additional camera for "as much focus around the building as possible," Fansler said.

Now the department is focusing on raising money to install a security camera system at Nu-Hope on South Main Avenue.

Nu-Hope continues to be a victim of burglary and theft, according to a police department summary on the Jan. 13 town council agenda. Fansler noted that cameras on city buildings help monitor activity along Interlake Boulevard and DeVane Circle.

Hector Hernandez said the police department provided a security camera about one or two years ago for the outside of his business, Lake Country Jewelers on North Main Street.

It shows the front of the store, the sidewalk, other businesses and some of the street, he said. From his in-the-store monitor he can view his in-store camera or flip a switch to view the outside camera. The monitoring system stores about two-weeks of images.

"We have used it in the past, not always successfully, but we have been able to see different things that have occurred," Hernandez said. "We can distinguish faces. With better technology we may be able to pick up license tags."

It's not a perfect situation, Hernandez noted. If the outside camera was mounted higher, on top of the building, it would show a greater view.

"It's not a cure-all, but it sure does help," he said. "I am very happy that they are trying to raise some more money to place these things around because in today's world we need all the help we can get."

Those who want to donate to the security camera effort can send a check to the police department at 8 N. Oak Ave., Fansler said. They can earmark the check for camera installation at Nu-Hope.