Signs to identify town cameras in Dewey

Goal to enhance public safety, improve behavior, reduce littering
March 17, 2023

Signs identifying the locations of town cameras will soon be installed throughout Dewey Beach, Town Manager Bill Zolper announced March 10.

“We want the public to know they are there,” Zolper said, noting the signs will state “Dewey Beach Public Safety Camera.”

Town cameras capture video that can be used as evidence and as a deterrent, Zolper said. Knowing the cameras are constantly recording can help improve public behavior, reduce littering and deter people from putting household trash into town trash cans, he said.

Many people are unaware of just how many cameras there are, he said.

Cameras are attached to street lights on the median at Van Dyke, Dickinson, Read, McKinley and Dagsworthy avenues and Bellevue and Swedes streets, as well as Route 1 and 1A, Zolper said. Another camera is installed on a standalone pole at the crosswalk on New Orleans Street, he said.

A camera on the public gazebo at Dickinson Avenue bayside will be marked with a small sign, he said, and the town may seek approval to place signs on two cameras in the Dewey Beach Lions Club parking lot as well.

Designs are being developed, Zolper said, and he is awaiting a cost estimate for their production.


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