Community uses solar cameras to boost neighborhood watch

One Michiana neighborhood is going high tech to try and cut down on crime. Residents there will soon have some extra eyes keeping watch on things.

Residents there will continue to have a vibrant neighborhood watch and keep their eyes peeled for trouble. But in the months to come, one Granger subdivision will have a high tech way to see what goes on there, even after the sun goes down.

Earlier this summer, something had been keeping an eye on things in the Brendon Hills subdivision.

“We did a beta test period for about thirty days, Where we tested out one camera at the entrance of Gumwood and Arbor crossing to see what we'd actually be viewing, ” said Dave Roos, President of Brendon Hills Homeowners Association. “Down the road we wanted to get license plates, cars coming in and cars coming out.”

This solar powered camera was attached to a light pole and beamed back images that the homeowners association stores in a cloud format.

It's believed to be the first of its kind to be used in an area subdivision.

“Why this is so unique is that people typically thought the any solar device would not be reliable this far north,” said Lance Anderson. “We're in the 41st lattitude, but this device is so well engineered that you can go all the way high as Canada, the 50th latitude, and it will work superbly.

Lance Anderson of landmark security says the micro-power brand camera not only makes the most of the available sunlight, it is breathtakingly remarkable when the sun goes down.

“It is resolution that you could ID somebody easily, day or night,” he said. “We've done extensive testing here in the subdivision during the middle of the night, reading license plates images, capturing other things that would be of interest.”

And of special interest to police.

“We really want to make sure the residents of Brendon Hills feel safe, secure,” said Roos. “We have a lot of activity, bad activity going on recently, so we're trying to deter that. We're going to share this information with the police department or other authorities so they can catch whatever's going on.”

“We'll have a dedicated website that we can go to, pull down these images anytime, any day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and pull that exact image and upload that to the police department,” said Roos.

The plan is to have cameras mounted at all three Brendon Hills entrances and elsewhere.

“Two cameras at each entrance, incoming and outgoing, and we'll have four other cameras out in the neighborhood, spaced out,” said Roos. “So, we'll have 10 total cameras for the entire neighborhood.”

And these won't be hidden cameras. It doesn’t concern Roos that the cameras will be clearly visable.

“No, we want them to know,” he said. “When you pull in, you'll have a nice big camera staring right at you. I think it’s positive news.”

All 10 cameras are expected to be up and running in a little more than a month.

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