Thursday, April 12, 2012

High-Tech Security Coming to Public Housing Citywide

High-Tech Security Coming to Public Housing Citywide Updated April 12, 2012 8:30am

The eight 20- and 22-story buildings at the Mott Haven Houses in the South Bronx will be the first to get new high-tech security systems. (DNAinfo/Patrick Wall)

MOTT HAVEN — More than 80 public housing developments around the city will be outfitted this year with millions of dollars worth of high-tech cameras, intercoms and locks controlled by electronic key tags.

City Council members set aside $41.7 million in discretionary funds to finance the NYC Housing Authority's long-planned security upgrades, which took on new urgency after the agency found in a 2010 survey that more than 75 percent of public housing residents fear crime in their developments.

The new technology will be rolled out as part of a pilot project at the Mott Haven Houses in the South Bronx, and then installed at developments in all five boroughs later this year.

The future developments will include the Amsterdam Houses in Manhattan, the Coney Island Houses in Brooklyn, the Woodside Houses in Queens and the Mariner's Harbor Houses on Staten Island. NYCHA-approved contractors will install new security cameras, door access controls or both in the buildings at each development.

Residents at the Mott Haven Houses, where the security installation is already in progress, welcomed the upgrades as an overdue response to their concerns about unlocked front doors, strangers roaming in their hallways and shootings in broad daylight.

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