In the wake of numerous home break-ins, attempted break-ins, widely reported bike thefts, and robberies, Cantonites recently formed the Canton Neighbors Security Camera Group on Facebook.
The group was founded in mid-June by Canton resident Ian Shafran to help neighbors interested in buying security cameras for the outside of their homes research options and obtain a group discount.
Shafran, who himself lives in a Canton high-rise, says he founded the group because of the crime in the Canton and Patterson Park areas.
“People were talking about it on Facebook and talking in circles, but there was no plan. I thought there must be something we can do. We‘re a large group. Why not explore a group discount on surveillance cameras,” he said.
So Shafran organized a meeting and a camera demonstration and negotiated a group rate from Modern Systems Integration in Columbia, Md.
He says at this point members of the Facebook group can purchase three high-quality 1.3 megapixel cameras for $950 (or two for $850), with 30 days of storage. The quote includes installation and training on how to use the system.
The cameras can see up to 100 feet at night, and Shafran says they can be ordered and installed in about one week.
The group currently has 124 members, and Shafran says he will arrange another meeting and camera demo if there is additional interest.
For more information, find the Canton Neighbors Security Camera Group on Facebook.
by Danielle Sweeney