New Castle County to install 18 security cameras, but locations not specified

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New Castle County Police will soon deploy 18 new security cameras in some of the county’s most violent areas – although the agency does not specify which communities.

The cameras, which were purchased with $ 100,000 provided by State Senator Darius Brown, D-Wilmington, in conjunction with State Representative Frank Cooke, D-New Castle, are intended to help prevent and to solve crimes.

They will be installed in neighborhoods along the Highway 9 corridor near New Castle and near Governor Printz Boulevard near Edgemoor. According to the Delaware Online / The News Journal shootings database, these areas have recorded at least half a dozen shootings this year.

One of the new high definition cameras to be implemented as part of the New Castle County Police Department's new community cameras initiative.

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“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” New Castle County Councilor Jea Street said at a press conference Wednesday announcing the devices.

“These kids and these guns are out of control.… These cameras, in my opinion, will be a great asset. They don’t have to talk; they can just take pictures.”

While not a quick fix, studies have shown that cameras and lights can reduce crime. They were successful in dissuading him in other parts of the state, such as some of the worst parts of Dover.

New Castle County Police Chief Col. Vaughn M. Bond speaks at a press conference announcing the department's community cameras initiative on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

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Officials said on Wednesday that some of the devices will be installed where citizens can see them, while others will be hidden. Additional cameras will be designed to be portable so that detectives can use them in active cases.

But where, precisely, the cameras will be used remains unclear.

Following a mass shooting in the community of Knollwood in Claymont earlier this summer that injured two people and killed two more, residents have called for additional security measures in the neighborhood of 150 homes. Cameras were at the top of their list of requests.

Tucked off the coast of Philadelphia Pike with one entrance and one exit, Knollwood has long been plagued by drugs. This, in turn, led to violence.

So far this year, five people have been shot dead in the neighborhood, including a man who put his baby in his car at noon.

District 2 State Senator Darius Brown speaks at a press conference announcing the department's community cameras initiative on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Police and County Councilor John Cartier, who represents Claymont, said at a community meeting in July following the mass shooting that residents had been heard and were working on their demands for surveillance in the community.

But when asked on Wednesday whether any of the 18 cameras would be used in Knollwood, County Police Detective Reinaldo Ruiz declined to go into details.

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The money used to purchase the devices comes from the community transportation funds of lawmakers.

Each year, the Delaware Department of Transportation provides lawmakers with a set amount to use for projects they and their constituents deem best.

Cooke said Wednesday that even as cameras respond to residents’ requests, community members still need to work with police to tackle the violence.

“If you hear something, say something. If you see something, say something,” Cooke said. “We have a very, very important job to do, but we have to communicate.”

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