Okay so I was just cruisin fark.com and saw this posten and became creeped out very soon afterward. There are cameras being put up around this place
and nobody knows or wont tell which agency is putting them up and what they are there for. I think something sinister is going on here for this much
secrecy. Anyone have any ideas as to what this is?
this is just a small snippet from the article
Law enforcement officials refuse to identify who installed 'mystery' cameras on utility poles throughout St. Lawrence County
Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 5:12 pm
By CRAIG FREILICH
Some area law enforcement officials apparently know who is installing the mysterious camera boxes on utility poles around St. Lawrence County, but
they’re not saying who it is.
The boxes, with a window for cameras to peer out of, have popped up in Norwood, Raymondville, DeKalb Junction, Waddington, Massena and Canton,
according to witnesses.
Law enforcement officials at local, state and federal agencies agree the boxes contain license plate readers that take snapshots, and are not video
cameras that send live feeds. But none of them are willing to identify what agency the cameras belong to and who is operating them.
The cameras appear to be identical to license plate readers advertised on web sites as containing a visible light camera, infrared camera and an
infrared light source. The cameras can read plates on passing vehicles, record the plate number, date, time and location, send it to a database for
storage, and alert law enforcement if it detects a vehicle or driver being sought.
They are similar to vehicle-mounted units that St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells says his department has been using for 10 years.
But about the pole-mounted cameras, Sheriff Wells says, “They are not mine.”
A spokesperson from National Grid, the major electric distributor in the region, said the company periodically agrees to requests from police agencies
for placement of such devices on utility poles, but they are not permitted to reveal any details about whose cameras they are or where they might
National Grid’s Virginia Limmiatis, a senior media relations representative in Syracuse, said their policy “authorizes the user to plug into our
system. Under the agreement they are required to install and maintain their own equipment.” The user will get a bill for a usage fee. But she
couldn’t say whose cameras these are.
Meanwhile, a box Massena Electric employees found on one of their poles was turned over to the Massena Police Department. “We didn’t even know it
was a camera,” said Superintendent Andrew McMahon. “We called the village police to pick it up.”
Massena Police Chief Timmy Currier said he returned it to the owner, but wouldn’t say how he knew who the owner was, nor would he say who he gave it
A Border Patrol operations officer in the sector station in Swanton, Vt., said he had no knowledge about the use of the cameras. He referred questions
to an investigator apparently associated with Franklin County law enforcement, who said he knew about other cameras, but didn’t know about
deployment of license plate readers, and wouldn’t discuss it further.
State Police Lt. Kevin Boyea of Troop B said he has no knowledge of the cameras, their origin or their purpose.
However, not all police agencies were aware of the boxes. After discussing it at a periodic meeting of police chiefs from around the county this
morning, Wells said, “none of the local chiefs were ever contacted about the existence of these cameras.”