On Sept. 17, my car was hit by a black vehicle in the 1300 block of Albany Street. This happened around 10 p.m. A white car and a black car both were spotted in the road. The black car hit mine and left its right side mirror in the road.
My car is now totalled and I am without a car. When the police responded, I asked about a camera located on Albany Street at the end of Bigelow hill. It was stated to me that the camera may be a dummy camera or be turned off.
I could have been hit or killed in the road, and anyone walking across the street that night or pulling into their driveways could have been hit as well. I thought the purpose of us taxpayers buying and installing the cameras was to help Schenectady police to catch some of the crime and vandalism in this town.
Every summer DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles] makes a lot of money off of teenagers getting their driver’s licensed but how many of these kids are damaging people’s cars and leaving the scene?
Another auto accident happened on Sunday [Oct. 4] in the exact same spot as mine. The driver said kids ran out in front of him. Once again, having a working camera on the pole would help determine this for the insurance company.
How many cameras are up in this city that are dummies or not operating? This town is full of crime and vandalism. I know Schenectady police can’t be everywhere, but the purpose of the camera, I thought, was to help them and us.
There are two schools, two daycare centers and a dance studio within my two-block area. Someone will be run down because people drive down Albany Street at very high speeds all the time.
Maybe the city can hire people to monitor these cameras. This city has become a place that no one wants to live in anymore. That seems to include the chief of police, too.