Jul 6, 2012 / 4:00 pm
Video surveillance cameras are nothing new -- they're everywhere it seems.
In fact, some studies suggest you could be caught on tape more than 100 times a day, depending on your daily routine and the city you happen to be in.
In Kelowna, surveillance cameras have been in use for a number of years on Queensway and at the Chapman Parkade.
You can add Stuart Park to that list.
Over the past week, the city has completed installation of three security cameras in Kelowna's newest downtown park.
Risk Manager, Lance Kayfish, says the three cameras should go on-line within a couple of weeks.
"We're in a testing phase now to see how the technology works, in part to see what the acceptance level is from the public and identifying any concerns," says Kayfish.
"Certainly we do have plans to install cameras from the concessions at Waterfront Park down to the concession at City Park."
He says those cameras, as well as an additional camera on Queensway Avenue, should be up by the end of the year.
Kayfish says the decision to insert these cameras and ones in the future are more for security reasons than to stop crime or nab criminals.
He says the city is committed to two things with respect to the program, 'the first is public safety and the second is privacy.'
"Obviously the reason we are doing it is for public safety but we are also very sensitive and understanding to the importance of privacy," says Kayfish.
"There will be very restrictive access as to who can view the video and there will be even more restrictive access as to who can view recorded video. There will only be extraordinary circumstances, such as violent crimes, where we would be providing the video to a third party such as the RCMP."
Kayfish acknowledges there have been ongoing problems with the washrooms at Stuart Park but adds the city has received a lot of service requests specifically asking for cameras at Stuart Park.
"We have had, probably the most requests from the public to have an internet viewable camera at Stuart Park," says Kayfish.
"We may implement that when the ice goes in."
He says the plan would be to dial down the images in terms of quality for any on-line feed.
That likely wouldn't happen until the end of the year.
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