MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Some Mooresville parks are now under camera surveillance.
Originally, town leaders wanted to deter crime, however the cameras are also being used by families as a way to stay connected. Cameras have been installed at North Main and Bellingham parks. Anyone can log onto the Parks and Recreation Department's website to watch a live stream in high definition.
If you cannot make a game in person, now you have the option to watch it online.
"My husband works weekends so he, a lot of times, misses all the practices. So for him to be able to be at work and logon and check her practices out is great," said parent Tammy Limon.
That was not the intended purpose of the cameras
The women's bathroom at Edgemoor Park is closed after Town leaders said somebody tried to set it on fire. They say this type of vandalism has happened at other parks. That is why cameras were originally installed.
Mooresville's IT Manager Jeff Brotherton said the bathrooms are usually the main target of vandalism, as crimes range from sinks being torn off of the walls to graffiti. There are additional cameras, not for public view, that closely monitor other areas of the parks.
While the video is recorded, it is not always monitored but can be a tool for police.
"What people can't see with their own eye they can see with the camera," said parent Donnie Small.
Brotherton won't admit the cameras stop crime, but is hoping it deters it. They have yet to hear complaints from the community.
"We haven't had any of the big brother comments. We've mostly had comments asking when is it going to be in my park," said Brotherton.
According to Brotherton, three or four additional cameras will be installed in the coming weeks. Each camera costs $1,000 and does not cost any additional money to operate.