Sprague sets up surveillance cameras around town

SPRAGUE, Conn (WTNH) Years ago the skate park in Sprague had to be completely repainted because of vandals. Now it’s one of several spots in town under surveillance 24/7.

You see the cameras mounted on buildings, on light posts, and on fire houses. Thirty cameras now keep an eye on the skate park, along with the transfer station, and other areas of town.

“I think it’s a very good idea,” says Sprague resident Judy Renaldi.

“It’s a sign of the times,” says Bruce Kempesta of Sprague. “If you go out in public you are going to be photographed. Every grocery store…” And now every town building and public park in Sprague.

The 41-thousand dollar cameras connect to a central location where they can be monitored and recorded.

“If they have vandalism here they can see who did it,” says Renaldi.

The resident state trooper tells News8 he hopes the cameras will deter crime as well as protect property. There has been vandalism in town including the defacing of several stop signs.

“It would stop me if I was going to do that,” says Renaldi.

Trooper Randy Sylvestri also says the pictures the cameras take are very clear.

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