PISA – The Municipality of Pisa has been awarded a grant of 53,320 euros from Ministry of the Interior about the project ‘Safe Pisa against drug dealing – Prevention and contrast to drug dealing‘. Approximately 70 thousand euros of municipal funding, for a total of 120 thousand euros.
The project, presented in recent weeks to the prefecture of Pisa, provides for an extension of the existing urban video surveillance system through the installation, by the end of 2022, of 7 cameras that will cover an area of the historic center currently devoid of video surveillance, crossed every day by a consistent flow of tourists and characterized by the presence of the so-called “nightlife”. An area, therefore, particularly subject to the risk of delinquent phenomena linked to drug dealing and consumption. The new cameras will be positioned in: via Dalmazia, corner of via della Faggiola; via della Faggiola, corner via Capponi; via Capponi, corner via Martiri; via Carducci, corner via San Giuseppe; about halfway along Via Sant’Apollonia; about halfway along via Consoli del Mare; piazzetta Bolelli.
The project also provides for the enhancement, for a total of 340 hours for the years 2021/2022, for the activities of preventing and combating drug dealing. Overtime that can also be carried out in the evening or at night and may include the use of anti-dogs at the disposal of the Municipal Police.
“We are working – declares the mayor of Pisa Michele Conti – for the video surveillance network in all the districts of the city and the areas of the center that still lacked it. The cameras we install are connected with the operations centers of all the police forces, in order to allow the Carabinieri, Police and Municipal Police to view the images and have a control tool suitable for identifying the perpetrators of the crimes. Our administration is investing a lot for the installation of cameras, in the resources that a video surveillance tool will constitute an effective prevention and contrast tool against illegal and criminal activities, both as an investigation tool and as an element that acts as a deterrent. Since our establishment, in the space of about three years, we have already placed 42 new cameras, reaching a total of 137 devices, while in the previous 10 years, from 2008 to 2018, about 90 had been installed.: In addition to the new cameras which will also be installed thanks to the ministerial contribution, interventions are already planned to implement the video surveillance in the historic center and in the suburbs, starting from the Cep“.
“He continues assiduously – declares the councilor for legality, Giovanna Bonanno – our commitment to guarantee the safety of citizens not only with important, targeted interventions by the Municipal Police for a close fight against delinquent phenomena, how to demonstrate the arrests achieved, but also in terms of prevention and deterrence, with the full implementation of the implementation of the video surveillance that we have been carrying out since our establishment. As an administration we are working on all fronts and as regards the expansion of the video surveillance system we are investing significant resources to respond in a concrete and timely manner to all the needs that are found in different districts of the city. Our goal is to ensure a camera system that is able to cover the entire municipal area, from the historic to the suburbs, notoriously abandoned by those who preceded us, in order to guarantee, together with all the actions planned, an increase safety, even perceived, in the city. And certainly the finding of these resources through funding constitutes a further valuable contribution “.
The new cameras will be added to 42 already installed since June 2018 to date: 21 installed a year ago in the Porta a Lucca, Porta a Mare and Porta Fiorentina districts, 13 installed in the San Martino district in May 2019, 2 stations to expand the video surveillance in the Stazione area in via Puccini and via Mascagni in May 2019, a camera added in the Duomo area (via Roma) in November 2019, 4 new stations in Putignano in August 2019 and a camera at the parking lot in via Pietrasantina (in addition to the 12 installed by the parking manager) in April 2020. It is also the tender for the installation, expected by the end of 2021, of another 8 new cameras: 4 in the area adjacent to Corso Italia, 2 at the Cep and 2 in the area via Luigi Russo and via Malagoli are currently being assigned.