Camera Eyes Focus On Hammels
NYPD eyes will soon be on Hammels as Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer announced last week at the 100 Precinct Community Council meeting that funding for three NYPD surveillance cameras has been secured in and around the Hammel Houses complex.
The cameras, also known as Argus cameras, are installed on light posts beneath a large white box labeled with the NYPD insignia and the words “Security Camera.” Pheffer said the cameras will be installed soon, but did not have a specific date for installation. The three tentative locations for the cameras are at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 84 Street, Rockaway Freeway and Beach 84 Street, and Beach 81 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
The cameras have aided in more than 300 investigations since first installed in 2006, according to NYPD statistics. Many in the community felt that the cameras provided a presence even when the cops weren’t around.
“Not only will these cameras reduce crime, they will also act as a deterrent for violent crimes,” area resident Glenn DiResto said. “These cameras will also help identify suspects who commit crimes, and assist in their prosecution once they are apprehended.”
DiResto, along with Community Board 14 Chairperson Dolores Orr and members of the 100 Precinct Community Council were relentless in their pursuit. Multiple letters dating as far back as 2008 were sent on the community’s behalf to Queens Borough South commanders to request the cameras.
Pheffer heard about the community’s plight and wrote letters on her constituents’ behalf to Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to request the cameras and to state why they were necessary.
Argus cameras are also located in Far Rockaway near the Redfern Houses and at Mott Avenue near the intersection of Central Avenue.