Ocean City police will now be able to monitor the boardwalk remotely.
Ocean City officials say nine state-of-the-art security cameras are in place and set to go live on the Boardwalk for Memorial Day weekend. And it’s not the only change visitor’s will notice on the resort’s famous wooden walkway this summer.
More than $200,000 worth of security cameras will be watching tourists this summer in Ocean City on its 2.5 mile Boardwalk. It’s just one of several new initiatives Police Chief Ross Buzzuro hopes will make people feel safer during their stay in Ocean City.
“The cameras that will be introduced will be monitored, it will be a real time system," Buzzuro says. "Ideally, we'd like to have them monitored 24 hours a day.”
The cameras were one of the top items on Buzzuro’s wish list when he took the reins of the police force last summer, and the funding was found in savings from the recent Boardwalk reconstruction project, which came in under budget.
Buzzuro says the security cameras will provide the police department with new and exciting ways to combat crime in a town that jumps from a year-round population of a little more than 7,000 to more than 300,000 people per week during the summer.
“Even if we don't capture something in real time, we'll have the capabilities of reviewing and capturing activity on a historical time basis," he says.
Buzzuro also recently convinced the Ocean City Council to pass a law that will ban the sale of knives and laser pointers from Boardwalk shops. The council agrees with his belief that a family resort shouldn’t be selling weapons on its premiere tourist attraction.
City officials believe the ban along with the cameras will send a strong message to visitors that safety and its family friendly image is a top priority for the resort.