Aging security cameras in need of fix

Repairs for aging security cameras, it’s an issue that has been going on for years in Chinatown. Now residents say they want a fund set up that would keep the cameras in working order. This way if a camera breaks down it can be fixed quick by taking out of the fund.

You may not notice them when you are walking around Chinatown, but they’re there, keeping a constant eye on what’s going on.

“It gives the business people and residents a sense of security that the cameras are working,” said Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, president of the Chinatown Business and Community Association. She also said sometimes multiple cameras break down and don’t work.

“Sometimes there is like 16 working or 12 working it varies,” said Shubert-Kwock.

The security cameras are monitored by the Honolulu Police Department. They told KHON2 that as of Monday 21 out of the 26 security cameras were in working order.

“Every month we ask the police who come to give their report how many cameras are working and what happened to the repairs,” said Shubert-Kwock.

HPD also told KHON2 that the camera system is more than 25 years old and requires regular maintenance.

So is it time for new cameras and an updated system? Shubert-Kwock thinks so and she also wants to add six new cameras in areas with high crime.

“Maybe with new technology we would have less to repair,” said Shubert-Kwock.

In the past she has pushed for a $100,000 fund that would go specifically to dealing with maintenance as well as the buying of new cameras in Chinatown, but that funding has not happened.

“You have to make sure there is money to maintain them so it’s a continual battle for money to maintain them,” said Shubert-Kwock.

Shubert-Kwock says HPD does regularly get the cameras fixed, but she says a fund devoted to the upkeep of the cameras would greatly help.

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