No More Crime? Village Installs Metra Lot Cameras
The New Lenox lot was a hub for criminal activity last year, so the village installed five surveillance cameras to help commuters feel safer.
New Lenox installed security cameras in the Metra commuter lot earlier this month in hope of detering criminals from taking car parts, an ongoing problem in 2011.
There's been a string of burglaries, cars damaged, parts stolen and even one car taken from the lot, but there haven't been any reported crimes in the lot off Route 30 in at least a few months, according to police blotter reports.
To keep the lot from continuing as a hub for criminal activity, the village purchased a surveillance system for $29,200. The system will have five cameras total, set up at three locations in the lot with enough range to view or zoom in on any point there.
"You don't want to put cameras up everywhere, but they really do deter so much crime," village trustee Dave Smith said.
Meanwhile, the village is considering an increase to the parking fee for the commuter lot. Currently it's $1/day, but that amount could increase 25 cents and eventually get to $1.50/day.
The primary reason for the increase is that lot maintenance costs more than the village takes in through revenue right now, so that means non-commuting residents are helping subsidize a user-based service.
Additionally, the village wants to start saving money for future maintenance needs in the lot.
The issue was discussed at a February committee meeting and will be brought up by the Village Board at a later date. The Village Board's next meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26 at Village Hall.