Western Brooklyn

Hundreds Of Security Cameras Coming To A Corner Near You

Source: CeCILL via Wikimedia Commons

In aftermath of the tragic death of young Leiby Kletzky in 2011, who was abducted and brutally murdered on his way home from day camp in Boro Park, 150 security cams will be installed all over Midwood and Boro Park.

The $1M Leiby Kletzky Security Initiative is the work of Assemblyman Dov Hikind. It is funded by a grant from State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

Hikind has said that in addition to Kletzky’s death, the closed circuit television (CCTV) program is motivated by anti-Semitic incidents that have recently cropped in the areas.

Exact locations for the cameras have not been determined yet. Though, according to CBS New York, the cameras will be owned and operated by private community groups.

This is not Hikind’s first attempt at installing CCTV cameras. In 2005, Hikind secured $1.2M for the MTA for 120 cameras that were placed in subway stations on the D, F and N train lines.

Hikind also supported surveillance camera-based legislation last July. The legislation, spurred on by Kletzky’s case, was presented by Assemblyman Peter Abbate and State Senator Diane Savino.

It stated that a $500 annual tax credit would be granted to New York City property owners who buy, install, and utilize surveillance cameras on their property.

It was because of a few surveillance cameras that police were able to determine Kletzky’s location in the hours that led to his death. Police have previously said that the footage available on the security cameras was  a major break in the case and eventually led them to his killer.

Hikind has said in the past that if more cameras were available, perhaps authorities could have found the little boy sooner.

The surveillance initiative faces its fair share of criticism from residents as well.

“Yes, CCTV does help deter crime in some cases, but sometimes it is unnecessary. It could be overkill. What about people’s privacy?” says Rob C., a British transplant who grew up with CCTV cameras and has lived in Gravesend.

Other residents are concerned about a possible disparity of state funds for camera programs.

“What about other neighborhoods? I work in Brownsville and we have no cameras to protect women or the schoolkids there,” said Tonya B., a teacher living in Bath Beach. “What about other areas?”

Readers, share your thoughts about CCTV, is it too big brother for you or could it help save lives?

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  1. Cameras only along the D, F and N lines? What about the rest of the borough? This is totally unfair to the other areas of Brooklyn. Very little goes on in Borough Park. How come none of the pols installed cameras when all the murders were going on in Sheepshead Bay, or when there were problems in Brighton? Is it just Borough Park that matters? Seems to be the case here. The cameras are not even being paid for by the Orthodox community, who wants them, but by the Mta. Fares going up any time soon? Let’s watch.

  2. Neighborhoods need to advocate for themselves. If there is no demand there is no action by politicians. It’s the nature of governments. There is nothing to stop other communities from demanding cameras. If I read right the tax credit is available citywide. It should be publicized more though so property owners are aware of the tax break.

  3. How outrageous! I demand more action in order to keep us safe from the turban wearing boogeyman who live under every rock and tunnel, like the underwear bomber who was admittedly placed onboard the aircraft by a State Department operative. We must have TSA agents on every street corner who will grope men, women, and children without resolve!! As a citizen of the United Slaves of America I demand a tenfold increase in men in black uniforms with machine-guns on our streets, police must conduct random inspections of all homes in our neighborhoods daily! More tyranny! More cameras that bark orders! More DHS monkeys! I love licking boots like all good Americans slaves do! The police state is our saviour!

  4. We are just one flick of the switch away from a 1984 style dictatorship; the apparatus is in place, now all we need is the political will.

  5. While the Kletzky murder was certainly a heartwrenching tragic event, the fact of the matter remains, that crime, and especially violent crime ( which was never a significant issue in southern Brooklyn, the Brooklyn south of Prospect Park!) has always been an aberation in southern Brooklyn, and continues to decline. I can’t be the only one who questions the need for these Cameras in Public now, and worry that the perceptions that these gadgets create, tied into the dual sense, that we are living in a time where there is no sense of the other, and fear of the other, occurring simultaneously, is really a waste of money, distorting the true safety and stability of our communities (including Borough Park!) and only done for political reasons, and to kotow to Dov Hikind, and his ilk, who are an embarrassment to not only most Brooklynites, but additionally, the overwhelming majority of American Jews, but also most thinking Jews, who still call Brooklyn, their home!

  6. If this action is good for Borough Park, then it should be good for every neighborhood. It’s not whining. Yes, Borough Park had 1 murder last year, and it was a terrible tragedy. Sheepshead Bay had alot more, and nobody offered security cameras to our community. Therefore Avery, don’t tell anyone to stop whining. It seems like the Orthodox Jewish community really are the chosen people.

  7. I understand that neighborhoods have to advocate for themselves, but we had some year last year in Sheepshead Bay with all the murders. You would think that one of the Pols, or Terry Scavo and her entourage would have thought of protecting the neighborhood. There should be security cameras spread throughout every neighborhood. It would make me feel alot safer when I am out at night.

  8. […] Previously, we reported that the million dollar camera program, dubbed the Leiby Kletzky Security Initiative, came on the heels of Kletzky abduction in 2011. Hikind, who spearheaded the initiative, also attributed the need for cameras due to the prevalence of anti-Semitic crimes committed in his district. […]

  9. You are forgetting the backroom politics that the sleazebag Hikind played to get the ok for the million dollars-Promising republican majority leader Dean Skelos republican victories in the new “Super Jewish District” from Borough Park to Midwood.That is the only reason that the safest neighborhoods in Brooklyn got the million dollars for the cameras.

  10. Because the neighborhoods with the most cameras should be the safest ones.I live in Midwood,and the thought of this safe neighborhood be turned into an open prison system with cameras watching your every move makes me sick.Ordered by some phony “Assemblyman” from Borough Park who I don’t ever remember being on the voting ballot here,

  11. I’m Jewish and for the life of me don’t get Hikind’s convoluted reasoning for the cameras.The Kletzky killing was an extremely rare thing in a city were a child being killed isn’t rare at all.The (jewish) killer was found in his home in Kensington and is doing life in prison.So for that,the every move of people in Midwood should be streamed to some private surveillance company?


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