OSWEGO - Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow announced the creation of a network of security cameras throughout downtown Oswego to prevent vandalism and offer more protection to public space and property owners. The city of Oswego recently completed two major public space improvement projects through the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant the city was awarded in 2016. The $1.5 million “Complete Streets” project has resulted in benches, landscaping, infrastructure improvements and new pedestrian crosswalks along State Route 104 in downtown Oswego, in addition to a $900,000 project improving Water Street and construction of a new “pocket park” named Water Street Square. The security cameras will be positioned on State Route 104, along the West Riverwalk and in the new Water Street Square, covering public space between West Oneida Street to West Cayuga Street, and the West Riverwalk to West Second Street.
“Our security camera project is designed and intended to prevent vandalism to the over $2 million investment to public space in our downtown completed this summer. As we invest in our community, we need to take additional measures to prevent vandalism, keep up on required maintenance, and hold those who choose to damage public or private property accountable,” said Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow. “Our cameras will give local law enforcement an additional tool to identify vandals, utilize surveillance footage during investigations, and offer property owners and the general public additional protection as they enjoy our downtown,” Barlow said.
“Downtown Oswego is undergoing a positive transformation unlike anything we’ve seen in recent memory. The improvements to State Route 104, Water Street and the creation of Water
Street Square are amenities that will make our community a more attractive place for residents and visitors alike,” said Oswego 3rd Ward Councilor Kevin Hill. “We have an obligation to protect our community’s assets and to protect the over $2 million investment that was made to improve our downtown, as well as an obligation to protect those who choose to enjoy our downtown. Placing security cameras in these areas will provide law enforcement with another tool to do just that,” Hill said.
City of Oswego Chief of Police Tory DeCaire said “There is no doubt that the installation of city owned and controlled camera systems will serve as a force multiplier and investigative tool for our officers. Having the ability to see what’s happing in multiple areas in real time as well as being able to review footage will be invaluable to aid in our investigations. With the recent investment and enhancements occurring in the city we anticipate more and more people will be enjoying the city’s facilities. It only makes sense to utilize technology to help protect them and the city’s investment.”
The city of Oswego will also place additional security cameras along Harbor Trail in Breitbeck Park. The project cost is approximately $7,000 for all equipment, with installation being conducted by the City of Oswego Technology Department.