Video surveillance heading to the Civic Center grounds

Security on Lake Front

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Civic Center area will soon see more video surveillance cameras on its grounds.

With more people going out to the Civic Center, the Promenade and now Millennium Park, the city is taking action to make it a safer environment.

In the last year, the Lake Charles Lake Front has seen a fire that was ruled as arson destroyed the old Millennium Park Playground. And the bathrooms around the Civic Center became the scene of suspected lewd and indecent behavior.

With safety as a number one priority, Lake Charles City Administrator John Cardone said security cameras are in the plans to be installed throughout the entire Lakeshore area.

"We've talked with the [Lake Charles] Police Department and their patrol out there on the Civic Center grounds, and along with the new surveillance cameras going to be installed under Phase Two of the Millennium Park project, we think it's going to offer a lot of benefits to the people in the area," Cardone said.

Phase Two of Millennium Park is expected to take four to six months to complete. During that time is when wiring for security cameras will take place.

Money from grants will fund the surveillance project and will include a high end server with a central monitoring system. It will also include infrared cameras, which will eventually be places on the grounds.

Cardone said this high end server will allow the city to purchase even more cameras in the future to use around the Lake area.

"We want to make sure that the Civic Center grounds, Millennium Park, the amphitheatre and the Promenade is safe. We want people to feel safe and feel comfortable out there," Cardone said.

The project will begin almost immediately. Cardone said in Jan. 2012 a bid will go out toward the high end server.

All rights reserved. KPLC 2011.