Apparently unfamiliar with the mathematical concept of exponential growth, nor aware of how pyramid schemes got the name, Maryland Sheriff, Major, Chief (or some other important Police thingy), Robert V. Liberati got pissed off at people beating up his traffic cameras and decided to do something about it – install cameras to watch the cameras. Apparently these cameras — the first ones, and maybe the ones that watch those as well, we’re not certain — are very expensive and therefore worth the cost of new cameras to protect them.
“It costs us $30,000 to $100,000 to replace a camera. That’s a significant loss in the program. Plus it also takes a camera off the street that operates and slows people down. So there’s a loss of safety for the community,” said Liberati.
And just in case vandals spot the first camera without knowing about the second one watching the first, Liberati has passed on the message.
“We’ve taken the additional step of marking our cameras to let people know that there is surveillance.”
We assume it reads something like “Warning: This video surveillance camera is protected by video surveillance”.
No word yet on the success of his camera-watching camera program nor on the date they plan to begin installing camera-watching cameras for the camera-watching cameras watching the traffic cameras.