Philadelphia Daily News

You’ve seen them around town, looming above an area like an obvious contradiction: Police surveillance cameras that are covered with plastic bags.

It’s a baffling sight to behold, for sure. But city officials say there’s a good reason why dozens of cameras are bagged and not recording.

Under Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey’s crime plan, 250 cameras were supposed to have been mounted across the city by the end of the last year.
A variety of obstacles arose – flaws in the cameras’ design, problems with the city’s wireless network, among others – and the $9 million project lagged badly. A new finish date was set for the beginning of this month, but the project is still a work in progress.

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