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CommunityCam maps Philadelphia's surveillance cameras

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Here at PlanPhilly’s Eyes on the Street, we know we’re not the only eyes on the street, but now a new website is helping Philadelphians find out exactly where other eyes [read: video surveillance cameras] are located. 

The website CommunityCam launched last month and features a crowd-sourced map of surveillance cameras at private, residential and business locations throughout the city.

The hope is that people who are involved in a crime or an accident will be able to use the site to find out if the incident might have been caught on camera and then potentially use that footage to further investigate.

So far there are approximately 80 cameras listed throughout Philadelphia. 

All of the cameras are crowd-sourced – or added voluntarily by individuals and businesses. No actual footage is streamed or uploaded. Each camera’s location is simply listed and shown on the map.

The site is currently sponsored by Video Surveillance.


About the author

Christine Fisher, Transportation reporter

Christine covers transportation and writes about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments send her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covers community news for Eyes on the Street, where her coverage ranges from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. During the internship her reporting on the Housing Authority’s surplus property auctions earned an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.



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