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Residents research, fund surveillance cameras

LITCHFIELD BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Surveillance cameras are now up in North Litchfield Beach, and the idea is to catch everyone coming into the community on camera in order to crack down on crime. 

Those cameras were researched, put in, and funded, not by a law enforcement agency, but by the people living in the area.

Ladd Dezendorf is the President of the Property Owners Association and explained the former president spearheaded the effort after multiple break-ins during the winter months.

His team looked towards Pawleys Island, where police recently installed license plate readers on the causeways and surveillance cameras at beach access points. 

The POA chose strategic locations for the cameras, putting them on the entrance roads leading
into the community.

The surveillance system will catch criminals on camera, but Dezendorf hopes more than anything, it will keep people from committing crime in the first place.

“Since its been successful on Pawleys Island, having the cameras as a deterrent, they've only had one break-in, we're hoping the same thing for here,” said Dezendorf.

He sent out a survey to people living in the area and said the majority support the surveillance system. The device records footage that is only accessible by the camera company at the request of law enforcement agencies.

“They will open the camera box, they will take the portion of the video the law enforcement needs, and they look at it. We never get to look at it,” explained Dezendorf.

In addition, Dezendorf urges residents to install cameras on their individual properties. Especially since the community is comprised of vacation rentals which are empty during the off-season.

“For rental homes when people are gone a month or two in the winter, what good does it do if you have a license plate camera or any other type of cameras in the community? They're not going to look at sixty days of film,” he explained.

He said many camera systems will automatically notify homeowners of unusual activity.

“They get a notification, they call the sheriff's department, the sheriff gets video from these cameras, they know about it right away and can go after these people,” said Dezendorf.

The surveillance systems are located on Boyle Drive, Trace Drive and Litchfield Beach Life and include four cameras on each unit. 

They capture high definition images, in order to enhance clarity even further, the POA plans to add a light on the system by Boyle Drive for better nighttime footage.

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