Security in State College is tightening as the borough works to add 71 new cameras downtown. Borough officials say they’re not there to watch every move but to help with public safety.
“Hopefully this will serve as a good deterrent,” says Hillary Pasch, the IT project manager for the Borough of State College.
People may not see the cameras everywhere but they will see you.
“We didn’t go with the pan, tilt, zoom model because every time we did have a pan, tilt, zoom camera in place, it was always pointing in the wrong direction,” says Pasch. “The cameras that are being installed, or will be installed, downtown will be almost at a 360 degree view so it can see more than an area of interest.”
Cameras will be installed in 14 locations including alleys, parking garages and near buildings. Borough officials say State College police will use the video to help solve crimes.
“Police will be watching if they get a tip,” says Pasch. “It can range from a traffic accident to an investigation of an assault downtown. It’s more we want to help than monitor.”
Residents hope the added security will reduce crime downtown.
“It’s kind of like ‘Big Brother is watching’ in a helpful way,” says Kunal Patel, a State College resident. “It’s in a public spot; it’s not like he’s ‘watching’ in a spot that’s private; this is, like, the borough.”The installation phase will continue in the next few weeks and the borough hopes to have the cameras operation early this summer.