Millbrook Civic Association Treasurer Maryanne Benner told members last week that businesses or owners of properties within neighborhood commercial corridors could get grants to set up security cameras if they agree to make their systems accessible to Philadelphia police.
The grant program, administered by the city Commerce Department, can pay 50 percent of the cameras’ costs, up to $3,000, Benner said during the neighborhood group’s March 26 session at the Calvary Athletic Association.
The Police Department launched its “SafeCam” program in April 2011. Through SafeCam, businesses — and residents — register their security cameras with the police. Those who do will be contacted by police only if a crime occurs in the vicinity of the registered camera.
According to information on the Commerce Department’s Web site, there are eligibility requirements for the SafeCam grant program. For example, police must be able to remotely log into a system installed outside a building that provides surveillance of a business and public space.
Contact the Commerce Department at 215-683-2027 to request an application.
In other business at the Millbrook session:
Members were introduced to Natalie Crone, the 8th Police District’s new community relations officer, who brought enforcement news to the session. Crone said district officers have issued 22 tickets for speeding along Knights Road so far this year.
Chalfont/Millbrook Town Watch Vice President Ken Grow said the organization’s police scanner is beyond repair and the neighborhood patrol group could use some help in getting a new one. The Town Watch always is looking for new members, too. Anyone interested can call Grow at 215-637-6861 or the organization’s president, Mike Lamb, at 215-612-2399. Members meet at the Calvary Athletic Association, 4330 Deerpath Lane. Volunteers can go along on patrols to get a feel for what is done and then decide if they want to go through with four hours of training with Town Watch Integrated Services.
The Millbrook Civic Association next meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at the athletic association. ••