Surveillance cameras being installed in Gainesville - KTEN.com - No One Gets You Closer

Surveillance cameras being installed in Gainesville

Posted:
  • Texoma HeadlinesMore>>

  • Madill plant employee charged with embezzlement

    Madill plant employee charged with embezzlement

    MADILL -- An employee for a steel plant in Madill is now charged with embezzling from the company. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office says Lori Allen, 44, was arrested Wednesday afternoon. She accused of embezzling about $40,000 from Oklahoma Steel and Wire. Allen has since been released from jail. Her next court date has not been set. Our calls to Oklahoma Steel and Wire have not been returned.More >>
    MADILL -- An employee for a steel plant in Madill is now charged with embezzling from the company. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office says Lori Allen, 44, was arrested Wednesday afternoon. She accused of embezzling about $40,000 from Oklahoma Steel and Wire. Allen has since been released from jail. Her next court date has not been set. Our calls to Oklahoma Steel and Wire have not been returned.More >>
  • Whitewright residents asked to limit water usage

    Whitewright residents asked to limit water usage

    WHITEWRIGHT -- Residents in Whitewright are being asked to limit their water usage. The mayor has implemented a Stage One Drought Contingency Plan until further notice. That'll allow the system to provide only the amount of water necessary to home. More >>
    WHITEWRIGHT -- Residents in Whitewright are being asked to limit their water usage. The mayor has implemented a Stage One Drought Contingency Plan until further notice. That'll allow the system to provide only the amount of water necessary to home.
    More >>
  • Residents Fight Against Future Saltwater Injection Well

    Residents Fight Against Future Saltwater Injection Well

    LOVE COUNTY, OKLA. -- A salt water disposal well is where water from oil and gas production is discarded. The water is contaminated so state and federal agencies regulate where and how these wells are drilled. But many residence near burneyville say that isn't enough. It started with a notice in the newspaper that's bringing a love county community to an uproar. "The saltwater that they're proposing to inject into the ground is a poison," said resident Luther Malone. "And it will kill peopl...More >>
    LOVE COUNTY, OKLA. -- A salt water disposal well is where water from oil and gas production is discarded. The water is contaminated so state and federal agencies regulate where and how these wells are drilled.
    More >>

GAINESVILLE, TX -- New surveillance cameras are going up in the city of Gainesville, but the first place they've been installed might not be where you'd expect.

The animals are supposed to be the center of attention, but at Frank Buck Zoo, thieves often have their eyes on something else.

"The zoo was being regularly vandalized or broken into," city manager Barry Sullivan said. "I think the last item that was stolen was a John Deere gator utility vehicle."

But when the next break-in happens, the zoo will be looking right back with the help of eleven new surveillance cameras recently installed inside the park and overlooking the playground in front of it.

"They're actually told that the cops have been called and they're on their way," Sullivan said.

The cameras are motion-censored so zoo managers get an alert each time anyone is detected on park grounds after hours, and if necessary, call police.

"We feel much more secure being able to watch the perimeter fences and to know what is going on and who might be in the zoo should we need to go back and take a look at that," zoo manager Rebecca Parker said.

Sullivan says the cameras cost the city $11,000 to install.

Another $5,000 is spent per year to have them monitored by a security company.

Since November, the cameras have been set off five times, but Sullivan says none of the detections have been because of mischief.

"It was just people in the park out for a jog," he said.

Sullivan says five more cameras have been ordered and will go up along street corners in the downtown area and at Forsyth SkatePark.

"In the last 5 years, we've had two major incidents of teenagers, once again, driving around shooting windows out in our downtown areas," Sullivan said. "Each of those incidents cost over $50,000."

Unlike the cameras at the zoo, the devices downtown will not be motion-censored but they will record video for police to review. The additional cameras are expected to be installed within the next month.