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City Hall to receive security & safety upgrades

Submitted by on June 18, 2019 – 12:56 amNo Comment

More municipalities are turning to surveillance video cameras as a means to fight crime, especially at a time when mass shootings and other types of violence are on the rise.

That technology, and more, is making its way to Alpena City Hall.

The municipal Council Monday night, approved spending a little more than $31,000 on a video surveillance system, door access controls and a panic alarm system.

The installation is expected to start in July or August.

Video cameras will be installed both inside and outside the building. The new door access control will require staff to use a access card to gain entry. And strategically placed panic alarms will give employees a quick and easy way to contact emergency responders without having to pick up a telephone.

There is an added cost to monitor the panic alarm system. That cost is unknown at this time.

It appears the city wants to add additional cameras in the future. In addition, bids are being calculated on installing a new fire alarm system, which will likely be a costly project.