The new nonprofit Fundacion Para la Seguridad Integral de Nicoya (Foundation for the Integral Security of Nicoya), which was registered in December 2012, has the goal of raising funds to install security cameras strategically placed around Nicoya canton.
Erick Badilla Monge, advisor for the mayor’s office, assured that many businesses as well as the municipality have already pledged funding to the project sufficient to install 30 cameras in the Nicoya area, including one at the Puente de Amistad (Friendship Bridge), one at the entrance of Nicoya, one at the curve near Nambi and one at the entrance to La Mansion, thus monitoring access points into and out of the peninsula. Cameras would be monitored by the foundation, working closely with the public police force as well as private security.
The goal, explained Padilla, is that potential criminals will know the area is being monitored and decide to go elsewhere instead.
Each camera will cost $8000 (4 milliones de colones) to install and provide license plate recognition and face capture and recognition technology. The company selected to supply and monitor the cameras is Intelligent Security Systems (ISS), a consortium of Falcon Industries CR, S.A., which is just beginning to function in Costa Rica. However, ISS boasts presence in 53 countries in command of over 1.5 million cameras.
Pierre Crespo, vice president of Falcon Industries CR, S.A. noted that the Foundation for the Integral Security of Nicoya is the first of its kind in Costa Rica and outlined a rough timeline for the installation of cameras: once members of the foundation’s board of directors have been finalized, private corporations will get updated and can start sending corporate donations, hopefully by March or April, and then installation of the cameras can begin possibly in May.
The foundation’s board of directors will be composed of Mayor Marcos Jimenez and Vice Mayor Adriana Rodriguez as the municipal representative, as well as a representative each of the executive branch of the central government, the chamber of commerce of Nicoya center, and the chambers of tourism of Samara and of Nosara.
Marco Carmona, president of the Samara chamber of tourism (CASATUR), said that four points in Samara have been identified for cameras to be installed: one at the entrance of Samara, one at the exit in route to Carrillo, one by the police station and one in Cantarrana.
A meeting is soon to be scheduled in Nosara to discuss installing cameras in the Nosara area.
Are Security Cameras Effective?
“Surveillance cameras can capture images of events, and in some instances those images can help investigators identify people carrying out criminal acts. But video camera surveillance is not a magic bullet. Cameras cannot prevent bad things from happening—and the money spent on them may, in fact, divert resources from more effective crime prevention strategies and tactics.” – “Who’s Watching?” A Special Report by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Fall 2006
“An increasing number of American cities and towns are currently investing millions of taxpayer dollars insurveillance camera systems. But few are closely examining the costs and benefits of those investments,or creating mechanisms for measuring those costs and benefits over time. There is extensive academic literature on the subject—studies carried out over many years—and that research strongly indicates that video surveillance has no statistically significant effect on crime rates.” – American Civil Liberties Union study, based on a literature review of major studies of video surveillance from 2000 to 2008
“Analysis results indicate that cameras, when actively monitored, have a cost-beneficial impact on crime with no statistically significant evidence of displacement to neighboring areas. However, in some contexts and locations these crime reduction benefits are not realized. Two possible explanations for the lack of the surveillance technology’s impact on crime in certain study areas are that the cameras are not actively monitored on a routine basis and that the no-impact areas had relatively low concentrations of cameras with fewer overlapping viewsheds and thus a reduced ability to capture crimes in progress.”
– “Evaluating the Use of Public Surveillance Cameras for Crime Control and Prevention” final technical report, funded by U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office), September 2011
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