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Cuts turn off Hart lights

New security cameras will run — in darkness

Posted: July 5, 2008 1:01 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Hart district administrators hope that the installation of security cameras on campuses this fall will deter crime, despite the fact that lights will be turned off at night on those campuses due to budget cuts.

"It will obviously affect them, but we’re going dark only during the very late hours, around midnight to 5 a.m.," said Rob Gapper, Chief Operations Officer for the William S. Hart Union High School District. Most vandalism activity occurs before midnight, he said.

Gapper said the district is looking at a plan where campuses will have limited lighting at the entrances, where there will also be cameras.

"That way we can monitor who is coming onto the campuses," he said.

The cost of the security camera system is covered by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, which is being matched by the district. Local Sheriff’s Department representatives collaborated on the successful grant application and will help the district coordinate the project.

"(The Sheriff’s Department) also believes in this project, and believes it will have a positive impact on campuses," he said.

In addition to preventing vandalism and other crimes on campuses, the cameras will also allow monitoring of campuses in the event of a disaster, Gapper said.


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