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Wrightsville Beach police hope to update security system

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This vehicle was involved in a hit and run, the tail lights wash everything out in the current camera. This vehicle was involved in a hit and run, the tail lights wash everything out in the current camera.
Here is another image of the same car, it is still impossible to make out the license plate. Here is another image of the same car, it is still impossible to make out the license plate.
This image is a graffiti suspect, police say it is difficult to make out any identifying details with the current cameras. This image is a graffiti suspect, police say it is difficult to make out any identifying details with the current cameras.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – The Wrightsville BeachPolice Chief is hoping to upgrade the security camera system.

Chief Dan House said the cameras are helpful when it comesto figuring out if there is a person or vehicle of interest, but often it ishard to make out the details of the suspect or suspect's car.

Many times at night, Chief House said that the lights from acar will wash out important details like the license plate.

"Any kind of light, it could be headlights, tail lights,rain reflecting lights, anything with our current cameras it totally washes outthe image," Chief House said.

It's not just the light issue, he also said at night it isdifficult to make out the features of a suspect. Chief House said about once aweek one of the cameras they currently have will go down, costing time andmoney to fix it. He says these issues are not isolated incidents.

"It happens all the time," Chief House said. "This is just asmall example of some of the cases we've had."

If they were able to make out features or plates he said itwould help them solve crimes much faster. That's why they are hoping to updatethe system. He said the system they want to install would not have the light issueat night.

"The qualities that it has it keep that from happening," heexplained. He also said that the system they are looking at would be able tozoom in on suspicious activity based on the criteria they use to set it up.

"It would be able to zoom in and not only get some detailbut get all detail," Chief House said. He said officers would be able to watchthe footage in real time, and could even watch it from their cars, somethingthat is not available now.

The goal is to set up with system with four cameras, andthen add more cameras over time.

He said they are still looking at potential venders, butthey estimate it would cost around $60,000.

Town leaders still have to approve the final contract.

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