Recently there have been complaints of activities at the Northridge Centre parking lot in Martensville, and the security camera system previously installed in 2020 was found to have several deficiencies. The footage comes in small files and is difficult to search, access to the footage is not direct or immediate and it has to come from the service provider. License plate numbers or other detailed information can not be clearly identified.
Ted Schaeffer, Director of Recreation and Community Services, brought forward to council a request to upgrade to install 3 high-definition cameras capable of identifying license plate numbers, and a high-definition video recorder with added storage and remote view capability. This remote view access would allow multiple computers immediate access to the stored footage which would also be searchable by date and time.
This will increase security and supervision at the skate park and Northridge Centre parking lot. Another benefit of upgrading the security system is that it will have the capability to provide information to the RCMP allowing better enforcement if needed.
The cost to supply and install the upgraded system is just under $10,000, and if council approves this request, funding would be allocated from the Recreation and Community Services budget for this project.