Port to line river with surveillance cameras


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Submitted: Thu, 12/29/2011 - 9:00pm
Updated: Thu, 12/29/2011 - 9:01pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — Managers of North Carolina’s state ports are looking to install surveillance gear along 22 miles of the Cape Fear River leading to Wilmington.

The StarNews reports that the State Ports Authority plans to mount as many as 50 cameras along the river to monitor ship traffic. The $2 million project is being funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

The observation equipment is designed to prevent and improve response to attacks from conventional, chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

Ports authority spokeswoman Shannon Moody says the monitoring effort is in its preliminary stages and it could be years before the cameras are working.

The Port of Wilmington has been awarded 15 port security grants worth more than $11 million since 2007.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

2 Comments

  • mindreader says:

    great point mentioned above. we have too many cameras, which can prevent nothing. another method to get some money and use for “administrative fees”. utilize our citizens,train people, not use equipment!

  • Native Wilmingtonian says:

    If memory serves, we have video of most of the 9 / 11 hijackers boarding the aircraft. The cameras prevented nothing. If someone is monitoring this “network” of cameras and observes a threat to the community, what force is there to prevent the attack?
    None!
    Therefore, this a multimillion dollar witness for after the fact observations. Way overpriced as all “grant money” (your tax dollars at work) is. An ambitious project that begs for further local funding to maintain this level of “security”. A far less ambitious project will serve as well and not be an unfunded mandate to this cash strapped local government

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