For Immediate Release
September 14, 2015
Happy Valley – Goose Bay, NL – Live streaming video surveillance technology has been installed at various locations throughout the community as part of the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s initiative to curb vandalism.
Through a nearly $50,000 investment, the town has installed five cameras in an attempt to decrease vandalism at the Mealy Mountain Collegiate Sports Complex, the Municipal Depot and Kinsmen Park. The new technology provides real-time surveillance, remotely transmitted to a secure location and monitored 24/7.
“We want to protect the municipality’s infrastructure and taxpayer’s investments in upgrades which keep our community vibrant,” said Councillor Tanya Michelin, chair of the Enforcement Committee. “Vandalism hurts the entire community. We are doing our part to curb this activity and safeguard our community investments for future generations.”
The town will continue to work in conjunction with the local RCMP to prosecute identified individuals committing criminal acts on the surveillance feeds.
“The addition of this new, real-time, system will greatly improve the quality of security for municipal infrastructure,” said Murray Perrett, Community Constable. “The town conducted research on surveillance systems before purchasing this technology. This particular system has the capacity to be expanded in the future.”
The initiative to curb vandalism is a joint effort between the municipality’s Enforcement Committee and the Community Services and Recreation Committee. The town will be expanding the surveillance system in the future to cover more municipal infrastructure, through the addition of up to 11 more cameras.
“While this new surveillance technology will assist in reducing vandalism, we still need the help of the community,” said Councillor Michelin. “Residents who witness suspicious activity can call Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477), anonymously. We encourage residents to take pride in their community infrastructure by helping to protect it.”
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Public Relations & Special Events Manager
Town of Happy Valley – Goose Bay