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CITY OF TRACY ANNOUNCES NEW PARK CAMERA PROGRAM

Cameras will enhance park safety and aid in crime prevention

Posted: Sep 8, 2020
Location: Tracy, Calif.

 The City of Tracy is launching a new Park Camera Program to enhance the safety and security of community and neighborhood parks. A recent community survey tied to the Citywide Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan Update cited resident safety concerns as a major barrier for visiting local parks. Park safety and security has become a growing topic of discussion in Tracy, and in response, the Tracy City Council approved funding for the Park Camera Program through the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget.

 

The parks selected for the program were prioritized based on public safety needs and calls for service trends. Clyde Bland Park, Lincoln Park, Gretchen Talley Park, Dr. Powers Park, and El Pescadero Park were selected for the first phase of the Park Camera Program. Camera installation will begin the week of September 8th at Clyde Bland Park and will continue through the fall. Staff will conduct outreach to the neighborhoods adjacent to the selected parks to notify residents of the security enhancement efforts.

 

“Cameras have become a common, effective tool for public safety at the Tracy Transit Station, Boyd Service Center, and Legacy Fields,” stated Brian MacDonald, Parks and Recreation Director. “The Park Camera Program will help ensure our parks continue to remain a welcoming and safe place for the public to enjoy.”

 

IntelliSite, the camera technology provider selected for the Park Camera Program, was recently contracted to install similar technology at the Legacy Fields Sports Complex to enhance visitor safety and facility security. The IntelliSite cameras and monitoring service have been an effective crime deterrent tool at Legacy Fields, especially after hours.

 

The park cameras will provide a live surveillance feed to IntelliSite who will observe and react to incidents in the park. Ultimately, those incidents will escalate to the Tracy Police Department on a case-by-case basis. The City of Tracy respects the privacy of its residents and will not use the cameras to intrude on the privacy of residences. In addition, park camera signage will be installed to notify park users that the area is under 24-hour video surveillance.

 

“Public safety remains a top priority in our community, and I believe the park cameras will serve as a good tool to help deter and solve crimes within our City,” stated Tracy Police Chief, Sekou Millington.

 

The public is still encouraged to submit questions or service requests related to parks via the City’s Government Outreach system, by downloading the GoRequest App through the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at (209) 831-6200. The public may also report crimes anonymously via Tracy Crime Stoppers at (209) 831-4847 or online at P3TIPS.

 

IMAGE: PARK CAMERA AT LEGACY FIELDS SPORTS COMPLEX

 

 

ABOUT THE CITY OF TRACY

Tracy is centered in a triangle formed by major interstates I-205 to the North, I-580 to the west and I-5 to the east. A collaboration of effort from our elected officials, employees and citizens means Tracy is a clean and safe community where opportunity, growth, and success prosper. We invite you to come for a visit, open your business, and settle down to raise a family in Tracy. Take a look “Inside the Triangle.” You’ll like our pace, and you’ll love the place!

 

CONTACT

Vanessa Carrera, Assistant to the City Manager

(209) 831-6112

Vanessa.carrera@cityoftracy.org

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