PTC using video cameras, puts ‘eyes’ on rec sites, paths

Most likely you haven’t seen them, but they see you.

Peachtree City is using remote video cameras to keep an eye on remote areas of the cart path, and also to keep vandals at bay, particularly at recreation sites, officials said last week.

The video cameras are portable so they can be set up surreptitiously and moved wherever the need arises. They can be monitored remotely via a live feed, and they also have the capability of downloading recorded footage over a period of time, officials said.

On the recreation side, the parks monitor can use the live video feed to look in at a particular park while he is at another location, Information Technology Director Matt Robinson told the City Council last week.

The remote cameras used by the police department typically focus on areas of the path system that are hard to patrol regularly, said Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark.

The portability is a good feature to have for the recreation department, because the cameras can be moved to monitor certain areas as problems arise, said Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo.

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bad kids

My kids wouldn't tear down a camera set up by the police. My son is educated enough to find legal activities. I can also tell by your English that you are a lower class person who has little education. You should take your kids to the library more.................that is if you can keep them from tearing up the books.

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Kudos for this...

Seems like the prudent thing to announce, even if the cameras don't exist.

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Spy-next time one of those

pesky squirrels cut out in front of you on the path, try to get a closeup of one of them. If and when you see a 3rd beady little eye, please note those aren't a genetic mutation.

And they aren't just scurrying around for no reason. These are highly trained PTC secret video squirrels who are part of the overall volunteer forces making this a nicer community. Also, those tails pointed willy-nilly in the air and all over the place are really surreptitious antennae that are remotely broadcasting to the 911 center in real time the actual goings-on on the paths.

Now, just don't tell anyone I told you so, as the exact numbers of them operating out there are still a highly classified secret, but judging from the overall massive population of these rodents, I'd say we've pretty much got it covered, wouldn't you?

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You path felons may still get away

At least half of the force is now hanging out in my front yard.

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TinCan

please, no numbers. Those are the backup "nut squad". Gotta replenish the food supply for the others and I guess this is your lucky day. This week, with spring break, they're on double shifts.

Who knows where they'll be tomorrow. I have a few ideas, but I'm keeping them to myself.

Word has it that only Chief Clark, Mr. Gaddo and Mr. Robinson know the actual logistical schedule.

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Isn't Ignorance Bliss?

In response to treesarepeachy:

Apparently you have never taken the time to clean up graffiti on the cart paths in order to protect the small children from having to read disgusting comments on playground equipment, fences, rocks, etc. I have.

Apparently you have no clue that even one act of vandalism left unpunished, fosters continued acts of vandalism, which escalates.

Apparently you don't have a clear understanding that cameras are a deterrent and are much more cost effective than added manpower.

Am I an advocate of "Big Brother?" Absolutely not! But until parents start parenting instead of enabling and teaching entitlement, and until there aren't pedophiles preying on our children, and until the pseudo gangbangers (and yes, they do exist in lovely PTC) aren't hanging around, and until the drug users/dealers (yes, pot, meth, crack, etc. do exist in lovely PTC) I'll take cameras any day!

Thank you PTC police department! You do an OUTSTANDING job!

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who's to say

that kids along the paths won't be looking for these said cameras now? Who's to say they won't find them and tear them down for privacy matters? This is just yet another waste of money that will end up blowing up in peoples faces. Why does PTC seem to waste money on silly things like these "security" cameras and not on path repairs? The paths just seem like they are designed with negatively banked turns and root damage specifically to cause flips and wrecks. This camera stuff is just utter nonsense.

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Cameras protect the people who are paying for them

These are known as taxpayers, tressarepeachy. You may have one or 2 living upstairs in your house. Get out of the basement once in a while and go look. Taxpayers who wish to use the cart paths unmolested by the thugs (who are certainly not taxpayers) have that right. Sure some stupid people will try to take them down or damage them and that will be caught by the second or third back-up camera.

Of course most of the teens on the paths will never see the cameras because they never look up from their Ipad or whatever it is they use to send endless text messages or tweets or whatever.

Kudos to Peachtree City for doing exactly the right thing. Our neighborhood has been doing it privately for 3 years and we have become known as a place to avoid when buying drugs or just hanging out. They still play loud music on their golf carts. Any ideas how to solve that problem? We don't want to use explosives.

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Loud music fix

Just tell user to turn down the loud music. By nature they will retaliate by turning it as loud as possible. Cheap speakers will crack/blow and then the music will be turned down to stop the static. Works everytime for me.

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Robert Morgan..at last we agree

I have been after Tyrone to do this for a couple of years now. I think it is progressive and it protects the citizens/taxpayers cheaply. The only ones that WOULDN'T welcome it are the thieves and the pedophiles.

The type of people that live in PTC ...now... those cart paths are safe...you let it change..just a little...and you will see million dollar houses selling for a fraction of their worth. I love the woods, but I wouldn't want to think someone is in those woods at 12am staring at me.

This is a good cost efficient way to keep a neighborhood safe. The idea that locations of the cameras never the same, should scare the skytt out of the wrong kind of people... Three cheers for the person who decided to use this!

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hahaha

Still bashing me because I'm young eh? You're a true hero to your community.

Getting a damned camera system is only going to make you "taxpayers" have to pay more and more money toward it. Kids will tear the cameras down, they will get caught, and then their parents will have to pay not only legal fees, but for new installation as well. I don't know if you have kids or not Morgan, but I hope like hell one of yours does the job, so you can see exactly how bad The Fayette County justice system rapes your bank account for the next 4 years. Enjoy the hell you have created for yourself.

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treesarepeachy

Normal people would welcome protection on the cart paths for themselves and their kids.

As for you, I don't believe teens take the time to write in here...I would say you are possibly over 40 and like to look at little girls, a thief, or a opportunistic dysfunctional person, or possibly...all of the above.

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You can grow out of young, but stupidity is harder to escape

The way it actually works is the kid's parents may pay the fine and replacement cost, but the kid will be doing community service for 2 months (if a first offense) and the second time some jail time - I believe that would be a felony. Go right ahead and get yourself on camera destroying city property. A hint for your community service time - getting duty at the recycle place is the easiest, washing police cars and picking up trash on the highway, not so good.

2 kids, thank you. 1 is a lawyer, the other a local police officer. As you may know, you can't be either a lawyer or a police officer with a felony on your record. Not real worried about one of them destroying city property.

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well at least thats good

when your piggy son gets seriously shafted for mistreating a human being's rights, your wise lawyer son can get him off scott free. To think I'm stupid for having an opinion different than yours is downright ignorant. If YOUR opinion mattered, do you think Obama would have been president?

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whoever's spawn this is,

should have kept their legs crossed.

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and whoever's spawn this is

Should have had an abortion. Maybe Morgan's wife should have gotten rid of the piggy inside with a coat hanger and a shop-vac. See? I can insult too. It's not a hard thing to do.

Of course I do not mean this (my sincerest apology to Mrs. Morgan), it is just a point proven. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing.

Is this not a website about community opinion? To have an opinion is to be.

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RWM/Moe

This guy is the best argument for Roe vs Wade that I could ask for.

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Too bad I'm alive right?

And you seem like an older gentleman, So therefore I will be alive long after you are gone. Remember that us "kids" determine where you go in the future, be it a nursing home, put into a job as a greeter at Costco, or just sitting around at home dirtying your Depends when senility hits. Not fun when reality hits you in the face is it?

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Peachy

You're right, I am somewhat older than you and have differing points of view. Please understand that many before you have insured your First Amendment rights with their blood and sacrifice, so it will not be me that denies you that honor. That is for you, and you alone to lose. Make no mistake, you can lose it.

BTW, you will have absolutely no say regarding my future, but there are those like myself that can influence yours.

Have a nice day!

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All Peachy

Slow day on the board?

Why engage with a 12 year old that is off on spring break?

Just wondering.....

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Peachy / M King

Actually, research shows that baby boomers' life spans may be one of the longest ever, but this next generation (which would be Peachy's) is already showing indications of a shorter span due obesity and other related diseases like diabetes.

PEACHY...get into a gym and out of your parents house.

FYI

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You post with such class..

No doubt about it.

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Yea, but since you are alive consider this

When people of my generation and the next are gone, it will be up to people who are now about 20 years old to be running things. Look around the 20 year olds and tell me who will be the President in 2040? Who will be the next Colin Powell, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, even Don Haddix. By then it will be impossible to live in your parent's basement and mooch off of them. You'll need a job - maybe 2 jobs to pay all the debt our Prezbo is creating. Your generation will need leaders who will need to keep you out of wars (or get you into wars, if you prefer) and manage all the intricate moving parts of the country. Where in the world are they coming from? Kids who hate the military, call police pigs, won't work at jobs that are beneath them, many who can't even stay in high school or get good enough grades for a Hope scholorship to a state university?

Sitting around drinking beer and not worrying about it is the easiest option. Enough of you go down that road, you will find yourself living in a former independent country that becomes a province of China. And it may just be that the difference is how American 20 year olds are raised and how 20 year old Chinese kids are raised and educated and disciplined.
Oh yea, the Chinese are real big on surveillance cameras, so this is just a warm-up for what awaits you.

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Morgan and Pumpkin

RWM, when you were twenty, could you look at someone and tell that they were going to be president? I can take you into FCHS and show you 75 kids who will graduate this year that no one will ever have to worry about, and this is just the kids I know. I've interacted with these kids, and if you multiply this number by all the high schools in the nation, the leadership of this nation is not in doubt. Peachy is just another kid who wants to justify his/her failures and excuse the bad or indifferent kids in our society.

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Exactly Hutch. Peachy is a loser, but not everyone is

I want those 75 kids to grow up and run the country. Yes, when I and others were 20, I could tell that some kids were going to be president of something. BTW, one is now a US Senator, another was an Army General .

Sadly I also saw 200 who would never amount to anything at all. One of those became a homebuilder, one an Air Force pilot and the rest - 198 were lost into the dustbin of history - or the body shop. Which of course means you never know for sure.

All of which means - you can never really be sure about people. However, the anger from peachy and surprisingly Pumpkin is not productive or even sensible. The sad fact of life is that people die and are replaced with younger people. The cream does indeed rise to the top. My point is that the 20-year olds of today have less cream in their generation that we did. Live with it. Or better yet - improve it.

Pumpkin - go get some anger management training.

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RWM

The question wasn't whether someone would be president of SOMETHING, but PRESIDENT. The 20 year olds of today are no different the ones of our day, it's just you don't hear of the majority of them, they're still in college, or deciding what they want to do, not making excuses for being popped by the cops for whatever reason. A month ago I was in Savannah, at the All-State band and Orchestra concerts, watching the cream of the crop, in my opinion, of the high school kids, and it was amazing what these kids can play in just a matter of hours, and to see them is know that the nation is in good hands down the line. In regards to pumpkin, I'd like to see him come to a graduation, or say a football game, maybe a band concert, baseball, soccer, or any gathering of kids and parents, and yell out and call them punks. I believe he would see the light, or stars in any case.

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You are probably right, hutch. I really hope so.

The dopey ones get the publicity breaking into cars, smashing mailboxes and setting golf carts on fire. I'm sure the achievers operate quietly behind the scenes not seeking attention. I have not been around organized sports or activities for a long time, but what you describe is how I remember all that.

Of course anyone can grow up to be President and judging from the one we have now, excellence at the age of 20 is not a prerequisite - and before some fool chimes in with "What about Bush? . Yes indeed, not exactly a superstar at 20. Of course his Daddy was a bomber pilot in WWII at 19, Clinton was a Rhodes scholar, Reagan was just a regular kid in college.

And I am serious about being taken over by China. We have combined voter apathy (and sometimes outright stupidity) with unbelievable spending and debt (to China) to create a very toxic mix that could easily lead to us being under China's thumb in 20 years. Those are patient people and they know exactly what they are doing by growing their economy without the hassles of human rights or enviornmental concerns or the expense of foreign wars or earthquake aid or nation building/rebuilding. The odds are in their favor and if we take our eye off the ball and get all wrapped up in silly internal and domestic political games and keep driving up the debt, then this country is history. Unless of course the next generation rises to the challenge.

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MORGAN

You have written some pretty stupid things before Robert, but, you know what, you ARE a real idiot.

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Pumpkin

From someone who feels it's alright to call all our kids punks, would you care to elaborate?

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Let me address each point you've made here

1. I could care less about who will be president, cabinet members, or the next greedy leader in technology or business, because whether we want it to happen or not, the world will more than likely enter into global economy status, therefore, making currency obsolete and our debt extinct.

2. I'm not a fan of pointless wars. Our country has essentially been at constant war since Pearl Harbor. We should have been at war then, but there was seriously no excuse for the Cold War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq/Afghanistan, and now Libya. Our commanders have been careless and neglectful of human lives since the Nixon Admin.

3. I'm not above any job. People aren't hiring at the moment because our useless economy is just going more and more to [EDITED & BANNED for violating terms of service].

4. I am a McIntosh High School graduate. No I did not get the Hope Scholarship, but I had a lot more things to worry about than grades (A.K.A. friends dying, parents splitting, getting a job to support MYSELF, etc.). So you can't really factor that into any equation when distress is involved with many students.

5. Sitting around drinking beer and not worrying is indeed the easiest option. Our country has been through bad times before, and we'll get through them again.

6. Don't you think if China wanted us, they'd have us by now?

In conclusion, don't tell me to consider anything. You still say "Live free or Die", yet you want me to form an opinion solely based on yours. No two human beings think exactly the same. It's called having a conscience. Though our thoughts are different, we are ALL in the same fight. The fight to express ourselves as a country, a world, and a universe. Live in the now and quit worrying about the future. If it ends, it ends. And there's not really a whole lot you can do about it.

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Oh my, the McIntosh graduate gets the hook

I will miss her intelligent comments and planning for the future.

Sure babe, everything is going to work out just fine if we sit on our hands - except of course when we are drinking beer or smoking funny cigarettes. What a fine example of a future leader. Maybe she can be Secretary of the Treasury.

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RINO finally bags a kid!

After two weeks of non-stop baiting, RINO W. Morgan finally provoked a kid into saying something that got him/her banned.

Your children must be very proud of their dad, Morgan.

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Bacon - How's

Washington?

See anything interesting today? Did you get to see Harry or one of those Union lobbyists? Or wait a minute, maybe you are one of those Union lobbyists.

Anyway, have a good time in your kinda town.

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duplicate

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Banned

I am still betting your 12, nice try to put this over on all of us on this board, but it won't work.

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No, she was 18. Girls mature slower than boys at that age.

Or at least that one did.

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Ah, PTCO

Youth is truly wasted on the young.

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JeffC - LOL

So true, so true

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR

o citizens now those kids are in trouble because the law will have proof.

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