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posted: 3/29/2014 1:01 AM

Prospect Hts. police add security cameras in Piper Lane area

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Prospect Heights has installed 15 security cameras in the area that is the city's highest volume source of police calls, city officials announced Friday.

The cameras will cover both people going into and exiting the Piper Lane neighborhood, along with the nearby Metra Station at 101 S. Wolf Road. Police employees can access the signal from inside the police department, from their squad cars, or from smartphones.

Mayor Nick Helmer and police Chief Jamie Dunne said in a news release that the cameras will improve on an existing multifaceted community policing approach designed to address safety in the area that generates the most crime-related offense/incident reports by addressing the causes of criminal activity and quality of life issues.

The department is inviting property owners and property owner associations to register and link their private security cameras that view and record Piper Lane public areas such as streets and sidewalks with the department's "Enhanced Security Monitoring System" to leverage resources, the news release said.

"This collaborative community effort exemplifies our commitment to address the concerns of the community while enhancing the safety of our residents and police officers," Dunne said in the news release.

The system also will be offered to other entities, including multifamily property associations located on Old Willow Road and the River Trails Park District. The city will maintain control and data storage while the associations will be responsible for their cameras and connectivity into the system, the release said.

People with questions and comments should contact the Prospect Heights Police Department at (847) 398-5511.

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