If you live or work in Union City, your actions might soon be caught on camera. That is because the municipal government of Hudson County’s second largest community will be installing a network of surveillance cameras in the city.
An ordinance approving the acquisition and installation of dome network cameras was passed on July 24 by the Union City Board of Commissioners. As part of the deal, $202,376.69 will be appropriated from the city’s Capital Improvement Fund in order to pay for the new outdoor security system. A legal notice regarding the ordinance does not state where the cameras will be placed in the city nor what company will be selected to provide them, but mentions that the cost is being considered a “general capital improvement” and not a “current expense.”
A Request for Proposals regarding the installation of the cameras has not yet been listed on City Hall’s website. In 2015, the city voted to spend $100,000 to allow the Union City Police Department to put cameras near the Yardley Steps off Palisade Avenue.
Union City is not the only North Jersey city to make headlines recently for installing outdoor surveillance cameras. Last year, Jersey City announced plans to install 118 cameras throughout the city while this spring, Newark added 60 cameras in partnership with Panasonic that can be viewed live by residents on the internet.