Security cameras at Cleveland Public Libraries barely function

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CLEVELAND- The FOX 8 I-Team has found gaps in the security system meant to protect you and your children at Cleveland Public Libraries.

The libraries have security cameras inside and out, but the head of the library system told us the unit to record video captured by those cameras is barely working. The unit can only record video from two of the 8 public libraries in the city.

We showed you, a man recently got robbed walking to work past the library branch at West 117th Street and Lorain Avenue. However, there was no surveillance video there. Two years ago, cameras at that branch helped solve a murder.

The head of the Cleveland Public Library system said the video unit started breaking down two years ago. We’re told that malfunction has accelerated in recent weeks.

The library system is preparing to put a total of 400 new cameras in all of the branches. They’ll record in color and security officers will even be able to zoom into things.

That has been in the works, but it the start of work has been delayed. Workers getting ready to run wires realized older library buildings were built with potentially dangerous asbestos.

The I-Team has been told the new cameras and recording unit should be installed, and running by the end of the year.

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Cleveland Public Library Main Branch

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