New cameras fail to deter crime in Binghamton parking garage

Security cameras have been installed in a former city-owned parking lot, but vehicle break-ins continue to be a problem.

The new cameras were installed several months ago at the State Street garage. City officials did not say whether live video from the devices was monitored at police headquarters.

A new security camera near the entrance to the State Street parking lot. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A new security camera near the entrance to the State Street parking lot. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Theft and vandalism have been a recurring problem at the parking ramp in recent years.

On Wednesday afternoon, a junior at Binghamton University in Brooklyn discovered that the driver’s side window of her 2017 Honda Civic had been smashed by a thief. She told WNBF News that the only item missing from the vehicle was a small bag containing makeup. The car was parked on the sixth floor of the garage, a short distance from the student’s apartment on Chenango Street.

After nearly two dozen vehicles on the State Street ramp were damaged in a wave of vandalism in 2016, then-Mayor Richard David said the city would consider installing more cameras and possibly having an employee on site overnight to reduce the risk of criminal behavior.

A newly installed internet connection at the city-owned State Street parking garage. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A newly installed internet connection at the city-owned State Street parking garage. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Although the cameras were finally installed earlier this year, it took some time before they became operational. Initially they were able to make surveillance recordings, but they could not be monitored by the police because there was no reliable internet connection.

It looks like a fiber internet connection is now in place at the parking lot. City officials did not respond to requests for information on the operation of security cameras or other security measures that may be implemented at the site.

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Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected] or (607) 545-2250. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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