Several public safety surveillance cameras are scheduled to be installed at various locations in Naperville's downtown, with the goal of having them operational by the end of October.
The city plans to install five fixed cameras at the Central Parking Facility, 75 E. Chicago Ave; and four movable cameras at four intersections: Washington Street and Jefferson Avenue, Main Street and Jackson Avenue, Main and Jefferson and Main and Chicago Avenue.
In addition, a public safety camera pod will be placed at the intersection of Washington and Chicago. The camera pod consists of five fixed cameras and one movable camera. While the fixed cameras continuously point in one direction, the movable camera provides the ability to focus on a particular location and record video should an incident take place. The camera pod will be placed at Washington Street and Chicago Avenue.
The city already has cameras at the Municipal Center, the Van Buren parking deck, downtown Metra station (Route 59 has cameras, which are under the jurisdiction of Aurora) and the city's auto test track.
The city says these cameras are needed to prevent crimes and to identify suspects when crimes are committed. What do you think of more government observation of public activities?