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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Want To Buy A Camcorder for $16,666?

Okay, I was willing to go along with paying $1000 per Taser stun gun -- see the posting below -- because who the heck knows what they go for. Plus, the name alone makes it sound very "Star Trek," and, therefore, expensive. ("Set Tasers to 'stun.'")

But now the City Clowncil has agreed to pay $5 million to install 300 digital video cameras in police cars.

That works out to -- you guessed it! -- over $16,666 per camera!

Best Buy is offering the Sony Digital Handycam for $269.99. I'm guessing you could buy a bracket or some Gorilla Glue for another couple of bucks a unit. Plus, Best Buy may give us a deal if we buy 300 or so.

So can someone please explain why we must pay so much for these cameras? I'm all for cameras -- it would be a great way to cut down on "he said, she said" in disputes over alleged police misconduct, etc. -- but this strikes me as a tad pricey.

Do the units come with a director? Some kind of musical score? What, man, what?


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Answer: Democrats Screw Up System

August 17, 2006 12:17 AM  

Blogger video louis said:

That's how they get you.

August 17, 2006 12:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter I usually support what you post but c'mon you didnt even do your homework and listen to the guys from LAPD yesterday at council explain the cost. We're talking high technology not just a simple camera. You're behaving like a typical LA Times reporter just reporting crap they know nothing about and you're a lot smarter than that.

August 17, 2006 9:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are these the same cameras that run license plates through the system all the time?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that these cameras probably have special functions than those in Best Buy.

August 17, 2006 9:59 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Read the post: I'm ASKING. I did NOT hear the LAPD yesterday. Instead, I caught something about it at CBS Channel 2.

If these are super cameras, by all means, tell us why. A cite to a source would be nice.

Otherwise, heck, my whole CAR isn't worth $16,000, much less my camcorder.

August 17, 2006 10:50 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Here's an article on a license-plate recognition system, with four cameras per car: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.03/lapd.html .

This system scans other cars and sounds a bell when there's a license plate for a car reporter as stolen.

If THAT's what it is, then it sounds like a bargain.

As you can see from the CBS Channel 2 item I read, however, there is no mention of that capability: file:///Users/waltermoore/Public/Docs/News/cbs2.com%20-%20City%20Council%20Approves%20Patrol%20Car%20Video%20Cameras.webarchive.

Does anyone out there know for sure whether the $5 million is for the super-duper license recognition gismos? Or are we just getting those cameras like the ones in "The World's Most Dangerous Police Chases" show?

August 17, 2006 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter Walter Walter. Now I know what you're talking about. Your not talking about the video cameras costing $16,000. $16,000 is for the LAPD SMART CARS. I think we have 6 of them. They are the most high tech patrol cars in the country. They do stolen vehicle plates just driving down the street. If an officer puts a suspect in the back seat there is a camera placed on the ceiling that has a database in the trunk with all the gang monikers, tatoos etc. The camera can do a face recognition on a gang banger I believe. It has a lot of cool high tech gadgets on it. You have to see this car. Its fucking unbelievable and travels to different divisions. They cost $16,000 each with all the high tech stuff it has.

The video cameras they are putting in the patrol cars are not your average cameras either. Walter, give LAPD more credit than that.

August 17, 2006 8:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

they could use the cameras to catch their officers sleeping at LAX while on security alerts!!!

August 18, 2006 8:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:42am You moron. LAX officers are not the same as LAPD. The officers that were shown in the newspapers were LAX officers NOT LAPD. Get it right!!

August 18, 2006 9:00 AM  

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