New video security system at libraries where I-Team found cameras not working

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I-Team has found the Cleveland Public Library system using new high-definition security cameras months after we revealed most library cameras were not working.

The library system now has about 400 new cameras that record and get monitored 24-7. Security guards at headquarters can pan, tilt, and zoom the cameras. All of this is a big change from what the system used to have.

In fact, last September, the I-Team found most Cleveland library cameras had stopped working. We discovered that after a man got robbed walking to work on the west side in front of a library, but a camera there captured no evidence.

Lindsey Duncan heads the security operations for the system. He says there are 27 branches. The new cameras are rolling in all but one. And the last one should be on line by the end of the month.

At headquarters, Duncan showed us cameras on four large monitors. He added, "They rotate through at ten second clips. Our dispatcher watches, does active surveillance."
"If we need to we can bring up the cameras in just one large frame or we can break the frames down."

Recently Cleveland police reviewed footage outside a branch at 140th and Kinsman after a 14-year-old was shot.

And Duncan adds, the cameras are making a difference inside buildings too.
"The actual surveillance has been able to thwart some crimes inside of the libraries. Bikes taken, cell phones taken, disruptive patrons."

A couple of years ago, a library camera helped solve a murder.

Meantime, the system has 28 guards that patrol Cleveland libraries. And 7 more will soon be hired to work part-time.

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