Security camera grants are an option in Millbrook

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. ••

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