Surveillance cameras proposed for Richmond Corporation Yard to prevent rampant vandalism, theft

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Vandalism and theft at the Richmond Public Works Department’s Corporation Yard on 13th Street is prompting a call from city employees to purchase surveillance cameras.

The yard has experienced break-ins that have led to the vandalism of city vehicles and the loss of tools, batteries, wiring and other equipment, according to city documents.

In order to prevent break-ins and to identify suspects, city workers are asking City Council to approve the purchase of four Flash Cam-880SX surveillance devices in the Corp Yard. The total cost of the surveillance system would be $30,000. A funding request has been placed on the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting.

According to city staff, the Flash Cams have worked to prevent and identify suspects at illegal dumping sites in the city.

“The proposed Flash Cam-880SX units have been used effectively by Code Enforcement for almost a year to curtail illegal dumping with significant success,” employees said.