Commissioners OK $24,363 for theft prevention

April 03, 1997|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,SUN STAFF

The County Commissioners have decided to spend $24,363 to catch a thief at the county maintenance center on Old Meadow Branch Road.

The center was broken into twice last winter, and vehicles, snow equipment and a 1-ton dump truck were stolen, G. Michael Whitson, chief of the bureau of land management and maintenance, told the commissioners Tuesday.

The truck was recovered on Old Bachmans Valley Road, he said, but the cost of repairs and replacing stolen snow removal equipment amounted to $15,000.

Whitson said he wanted cameras and recorders placed at strategic locations to provide 24-hour surveillance at the center. The cameras and recorders would not prevent thefts, but could be helpful in identifying and catching thieves, he said.

Whitson gave the commissioners a choice of equipment.

One involved an annual rental that would cost $6,000 to install and $319 a month or $3,828 a year to maintain.

The second alternative, which the commissioners favored, was to spend $24,363 to buy color cameras and recorders and share the equipment with the county Detention Center.

The detention center has been asking for color cameras to replace its black and white ones, Whitson said.

The detention center's black and white cameras would be used at the maintenance center with some of the newer color cameras, he said.

Whitson estimated the new equipment would last 10 to 12 years.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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