You can adopt a stretch of highway in your home state, adopt a star in the heavens, adopt a heifer or goat in a Third World county, and, now, you can adopt a municipal surveillance camera. At least you can in Lancaster, Pa.
The Lancaster Community Safety Coalition is launching an “Adopt-A-Camera” campaign to pay for 161 surveillance cameras around the city. For $1,000, a pop, residents can sponsor a camera of their choosing in Lancaster, according to a report on LancasterOnline. The money raised will be put toward the cost of maintaining the cameras and monitoring their video feeds.
The idea came from LCSC’s volunteers, managing director Wes Farmer said in the news report.
The fact that cameras were used to identify the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings shows “how Lancastrians should feel safer because of LCSC’s video evidence project,” said LCSC coalition resource development chairman D.J. Risk said
One-third of the non-profit coalition's budget is funded through donations. Another third is funded by grants obtained by city government and the final third comes from a grant provided by the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, the news report said.
Those who adopt a camera will have their names listed on the coalition’s website and will receive an annual report showing how their camera was used, Farmer said.
It'll be interesting to see how this goes and if the idea takes off in other communities.