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Registries and fines in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Lately it seems that the St. Petersburg Police Department has been looking closely at the matter of security. Two separate items have cropped up in this city just outside of Tampa, Fla. The first is that they are compiling a registry for security cameras in the city.

This initiative, called ‘Eagle Eye,’ allows for cameras to be registered online through the St. Petersburg Police Department’s website. By having a comprehensive list of cameras in the city, the department hopes to gain quick access to clues in investigations. A press release from the department says the registration will be at “no cost and the information is kept confidential.”

The second item is that they are looking to raise the fines for false alarms, an issue posted on Nov. 22 on the website of a local paper, The St. Petersburg Tribune. Though, even after seeing a drop in false alarm numbers since the fine’s installation in 1995, false alarms are still a problem for the department.

The idea of registry comes up in this matter also. The police department hopes that by eliminating fees for end users in registering alarms, as well as renewing their alarms—more people will register, giving the police a better idea of who to contact in the event of an alarm.