Among the hundreds of New York City police security cameras installed are three in front of the Brooklyn home of Chief of Department Joseph Esposito, reports Newsday. Esposito, the highest-ranking uniformed member of the department, lives on a quiet block that residents say is virtually devoid of crime and trouble. Sources said the cameras – two aimed at his property and one that can rotate and capture images farther up the block – were set up as a precaution and not because the chief had received any legitimate death threats.
Susan Lerner of Common Cause New York said it’s important that decisions on camera placement are made carefully, with an eye to maximize resources without compromising safety. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has a camera outside his apartment door. It was unclear if any other police officials have cameras outside their homes. A politician who does, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., said one was installed in front of his home because someone opposed to his public denouncements of graffiti put his address on a Web site and encouraged taggers to vandalize his property. Esposito’s public stature warrants a camera, Vallone said.