Apr 2, 2014

Big Brother Is Watching You

In 1949, when George Orwell published his sci fi classic 1984, the ideal of surveillance cameras were considered as oppressive as a society could get. Here in Allentown, in 2014, they are being touted as our guardian angels. The Morning Calls reports that City Center, the private development company owned by J.B. Reilly, will outfit all their new buildings with both cameras and private security personnel. These cameras will be supposedly monitored 24/7, providing the arena area with it's own de facto police force. Apparently, Allentown's reputation precedes it.

6 comments:

alfonso todd said...

This is good to know... I think.. My question is, what were the blinking blue light cameras doing then? Either way, I have seen this before, when a private corporation, takes over the jobs of a public entity/location... Excited to meet ROBO COP soon...

Alfonso Todd

Anonymous said...

Didn't the city admit to not monitoring the blue light cameras? Googled and couldn't find anything, but I could swear I remember it?

Anonymous said...

Now are we going to pick up the tab for this projects security issues?
Why would our stretched PD commit time to private to watching property while the rest of us taxpayers are getting shorted on service?

Anonymous said...

I thought downtown was safe? Why would you need a private security force? Who is footing the bill for this ?

michael molovinsky said...

city center development company is privately owned by j.b. reilly and j. topper. they will be paying for the security cameras and monitoring station, and hiring private security guards.

monkey momma said...

I do not see this as a problem or weird in any way. It sounds like a reasonable business plan for an urban arena. I wish Newark would take notes and follow suit.