According to a report in privacydigest.com, Mayor Daley of Chicago wants a surveillance camera on every corner of the city by 2016. And Chicago might not be far from it. Currently, call takers and dispatchers see real-time video if there is a surveillance cameras within 150 feet of a 911 call, thanks to a $6 million upgrade to the city’s computer-aided dispatch system. When live video appears, call takers can pan, tilt and zoom those cameras to get the best possible view of a crime or disaster scene.
According to Ray Orozco, executive director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the information from a camera network can be the difference between life and death. “As a first responder, I can’t tell you how important it is to have a set of eyes on an emergency scene prior to your arrival,” he said in the report.
During a December test, live video was used to catch a petty thief in the act of sticking his hand in a Salvation Army kettle outside Macy’s on State Street.