Elevator, lobby cameras in social housing planned for 2016

Cornwall and Area Housing Corporation plans to install cameras in the elevators of its high rise units, like this one on Albert Street in Cornwall, Ont., next year. (Newswatch Group/File)

SD&G – In a bid to control liability and costs, the region’s social housing corporation plans to install cameras in elevators of its high-rise units.

County Coun. Jim Locke, who is also a member of the social housing committee, told council Monday, cameras are planned for high-rise buildings with elevators.

Cornwall and Area Housing Corporation General Manager Peggy Fulton told Cornwall Newswatch it’s become the norm for elevators to be monitored.

“It’s not only for the safety of the people who are riding the elevators, but if elevator happens to get trapped between floors, we are able to tell the fire department whether there’s people inside the elevator,” Fulton said.

There are plans for select lobbies to also being monitored.

“We are looking at tying that into the lobby. All of our seniors’ buildings are security buildings. You have to have a key to get it or you have to have a tenant buzz you in. Sometimes people get into the building who possibly shouldn’t be there,” Fulton said.

“If something happens, it gives us the opportunity to go back and look at the footage. It’s looking out for the liability of the corporation,” she said.

The cameras are planned for the 2016 budget and an exact dollar figure hasn’t been made public.

“Everything that we can do to limit our liability keeps those costs (insurance) down,” Fulton said.

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