Just curious, what was the delivery method of this project? Was it bid as a design-build, a bid project with drawings/specs., or was it like the City of Hazelton with a fairly generic RFP?
Murder in Front of Broken Camera Missed
In March, a man was shot and killed within view of a surveillance camera in a Miami public housing community. It was not until police tried to pull video that they learned the camera was not working. The wiring had been ripped out.
That's a good question John. I can ask and get back to you.
All too often, CCTV is deployed to "tick a box" but there is far too little effort to ensure a system is operating as initially intended over the life of the system. Automated remote health diagnostics should be included as part of the solution for these types of systems.
I was going to say even the most basic DVR, NVR, recording systems have loss of video alarms. In the end it all boils down to management.
I would guess someone knew. There was only ~20 cameras so it is not as if it would be that hard to tell. It appears from the city's actions afterwards that their was no maintenance contract in place, so even if they did know, they did not have the money to pay for the fix.