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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 1 week ago

Cameras to be placed along four Orange County trails

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The West Orange Trail will be one of the trails to get a surveillance camera.
by: Eric Gutierrez Staff Writer

An added security measure is coming to four trails in Orange County — including the West Orange Trail.

The Orange County Parks and Recreation Division will be installing four new surveillance cameras on four multi-use trails in the county this week. Each trail will have a camera placed in a strategic location with the goal of deterring after-hours activity as the trails close after sunset. The cameras will be placed at the Pine Hills Trail, Little Econ Greenway, Cady Way Trail and the West Orange Trail.

Members of the county Parks Division worked alongside the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to determine suitable locations along each trail to place the cameras, which solar-powered FlashCAM systems that take still photos. The FlashCAM systems are equipped with voice command that informs a person that a photo has been taken and that they should leave the area. Each camera cost $7,000 and are portable enough to be moved to various areas.

Eric Gutierrez is a staff writer with the West Orange Times & Observer and the West Orange Observer. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2015 with a double major in Journalism and Political Science. Contact Eric at...

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