Huntsville Police testing out new Technology

The Department told WAAY 31 it is testing out gunshot detectors and surveillance cameras for at least 30 days on three Huntsville streets.

Posted: Aug. 20, 2018 5:12 PM
Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 6:39 PM

Huntsville Police is working to stop violent crime in the City by installing new technology. WAAY 31 learned the department is testing gunshot detectors and surveillance cameras on Elizabeth Street, Venona Drive and Sonya Drive in North Huntsville.

The Department is testing the technology for free, and if it finds them effective the City will work to secure funding to purchase them for streets throughout the City.

"I don't think it's invading anyone's privacy because of the cameras. If you do what you supposed to do you, then don't have anything to worry about," said Malinda rice who lives in North Huntsville.

However, not everyone who lives near the device was excited about the new technology.

"It's really unnecessary but it is what it is," said Terrion Pryor who lives in the area.

It's the latest efforts to keep streets safe. Rice told us she hopes the cameras deter people from committing crimes on her street or at least help police catch them.

"I had several things stolen off my porch when I first moved to the neighborhood," Rice added.

Police said the new devices are monitored at all times, and Pryor told us he doesn't like the idea someone is always watching him.

"We come outside. We got cameras pointing on us or whatnot. It's kind of strange," Pryor said.

Police haven't decided how many devices it will purchase or where they would be placed. Huntsville Police told WAAY 31 it would be the first department in Madison County to have the technology.

Huntsville Police said Monday that it's still working on securing funding for a multi-agency crime center. That center would include the gunshot detectors and surveillance cameras. The Department is also looking at installing license plate readers across the City that would send them an alert of someone that was wanted from agencies across the state was in the city.

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