BURR RIDGE, IL — Fourteen subdivisions in Burr Ridge have surveillance cameras that are connected to the village’s police department.
On Monday, the Burr Ridge Village Board approved an agreement where a 15th subdivision — Carriage Way — would join the program. The neighborhood is investing $32,000 into cameras at the entrance to the subdivision, according to the village.
During a discussion, Trustee Zach Mottl, who attended a board meeting in person for the first time since the pandemic began, questioned whether the cameras in other subdivisions have been used to the fullest extent to solve crimes. He said he heard of a situation in which a homeowners association expressed frustration that the police had not sought video after a crime occurred.
Chief John Madden said the department does not have to go anywhere under the surveillance program to view footage. It’s accessible in every squad car and every computer in the police station, he said.
“It’s a passive system. We don’t sit and watch the video. But if anything happens in any of the subdivisions … the first thing officers do is pull the video up and watch it,” Madden said.
Mayor Gary Grasso said the surveillance cameras are used to the fullest extent.
“It’s a very successful program,” he said
Officials said they plan to propose an expansion of the program in the next couple of months.
The village trustees voted unanimously for a camera agreement with Carriage Way.