Monday, April 2, 2012

What's wrong with the blue light camera at Morse and Greenview?

Morse/Glenwood POD #19
being installed in 2005
photo from the 'Broken Heart' Archives
(Rogers Park) - We all know what they are. For those who don't, this a police blue light camera.

In July of 2003, Chicago introduced these camera's, called PODs, (Police Observation Devices) in high-crime areas. Here's what the Chicago Police Department website says about the PODs.

In February of 2005, Morse Avenue got our first blue light camera. When I first did the story in 2005, I gave it a name -  I decided to called it, Morse Pod #19.

Morse Pod #19 has since been removed. In another spot is a new un-numbered pod just down the street at Morse and Greenview. This was installed in 2010.

I've done dozen's of stories on the 'Broken Heart' about these camera's over the years. From the first one placed on Morse Ave., to other's around Rogers Park.

Every time, the story was the same.  The camera didn't capture this - the camera didn't capture that. It was down at the time. Or, you need to request a FOIA for that. Blah, blah, blah.

The run-around I've gotten asking these questions over the years has turned me "blue" in the face.

Why don't these things ever work when we need them to? Why hasn't this POD cam at Morse and Greenview caught the shooters on Morse Ave., this past weekend?


Blue light camera located at Morse and Greenview. 
This is the location where a wild west style shoot-out took place on March 31.
BLOGNOTES: To view the massive "Broken Heart of Rogers Park' archive collection as mentioned in this story, check the hand panel of this blog.

1 comment:

jeffo said...

Craig you changed your name to inactive user? Not a very original name.

Overall I think if the camera isnt really helping decrease crime or catch suspects then take it down, it really ghettoizes the area.

Personally it just reminds me of those silly fake video cameras you can buy. They may at most scare some people off and serve no other purpose.