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First security camera posted on American Tobacco Trail

Posted January 23, 2013

The American Tobacco Trail in Durham is popular with joggers, bicyclists and families.

— After a string of robberies and assaults on the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, more than a dozen security cameras could be posted along part of the trail in the coming months, officials said Wednesday.

Capitol Broadcasting Co., which owns the American Tobacco Campus downtown, is paying for the cameras, the first of which will be placed near the trail's entrance at Blackwell Street. If that proves a success, at least 14 to 17 more of the wireless cameras will be placed along the first 4 miles of the trail, which runs for almost 7 miles through Durham.

Durham will pick up the cost of installation, including work to ensure the wireless signals are properly received by a monitoring station.

Capitol Broadcasting, the parent company of WRAL, has its own security system for the American Tobacco Campus and will monitor the trail cameras 24 hours a day and record activity, officials said.


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  • SomewhereLeftOfRTP Jan 24, 2013

    So, a private company will be monitoring and recording us as we use the Tobacco Trail. Um, thanks, I guess?

    Will we be getting any statements on what CB will do with this footage? I'd LIKE to think that they'll report suspicious activity to the police, turn over recordings if required for an investigation, and delete the recordings after a reasonable period.

    I'd also like to think that they won't turn it into a reality program, showcasing our largest joggers and clumsiest bikers, all set to Yakety Sax. From what I've seen in this article, though, there are no promises.

    May we have a little accountability and transparency, please?

  • OleNCNative Jan 24, 2013

    Thank you Capital Broadcasting!

  • dryjr Jan 24, 2013

    Well at least Capitol is doing something Don't wait for Lopez,he's good at the excuses

  • siriusvel Jan 24, 2013

    sooo has anyone stolen the cameras yet?

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 24, 2013

    Thanks, that should do, well nothing... The problem isn't catching the criminals it's keeping them behind bars. How often do you read about murder suspects being arrest and not also being charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm? Why do you think that is? If they were were they belong we would have these problems on the trail or any other.

  • itsnotatumah Jan 24, 2013

    So after you get robbed, murdered, and raped, the video footage will show a possible suspect. Ace.

  • yelnatsthegreat Jan 24, 2013

    So, what will the justice system actually do to the "Thu ggie Juniors" once they are caught on video committing their crimes? Slap on the wrist and release b ack into society to continue their thu g ways...

  • Southern Girl Jan 24, 2013

    Why would this be reported? Cameras can be removed if the "bad guys" know where they are. Just sayi g.

  • jcthai Jan 23, 2013

    Err, there are no "no guns allowed" signs on the ATT. Go read their website. Unloaded guns are permitted.

  • mstrspydog Jan 23, 2013

    never give dpd specs on how to help out. It will bite you in the end