Riverhead BID tests out downtown security cameras

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead BID president Ray Pickersgill downtown by the public bathrooms waiting for the security camera demonstration last Thursday afternoon.

The Riverhead Business Improvement District got a sneak peek at how a downtown surveillance camera would work last Thursday.

Representatives from Next Level Vision and Sound of Holbrook installed a camera on one of the streetlight poles by the river to demonstrate the quality of the video feed to BID members.

The BID plans to mount a small antenna on top of the comfort station behind the former Sweezy’s building, where the equipment would be kept. The BID is hoping to have video cameras monitoring activity from McDermott Avenue all the way to Grangebel Park. The camera system they seek would retain videos for up to 30 days, according to BID president Ray Pickersgill. The BID plans to seek competitive bids on the camera system, and is hoping to get the system for between $30,000 and $40,000.

Mr. Pickersgill said that when the group sought surveillance cameras about a year ago, prices were in the $70,000 range.

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