League City officials will increase the number of cameras along major roadways and parks in an effort to deter crime.

The gist

League City City Council at its Dec. 14 meeting voted to enter a new five-year agreement with Flock Safety, a private security camera company, for the lease of additional cameras to be installed throughout the city.

The cameras capture pictures of the license plates of vehicles driving away from where the camera is positioned and notify law enforcement when a vehicle or license plate has been reported stolen, according to city documents.

Community Impact previously reported that League City police installed 42 Flock cameras in August as part of a two-year agreement.

The new agreement will allow the city to lease the approved 42 cameras from August, plus an additional 28 cameras for roadways and parks including:
  • Chester L. Davis Sportsplex
  • Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside
  • Hometown Heroes Park
  • Lobit Park
  • Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Nature Center
In their own words

City officials said the move to purchase more cameras followed as a result of an uptick in break-ins near where the cameras will be installed.

“There’s been kind of a rash of break-ins at all our city parks,” Mayor Nick Long said. “Cars have been broken into at the [Chester L. Davis Sportsplex]. There have been five or six break-ins over the last couple of months and even more before that.”

By the numbers

The new agreement will cost the city $899,600 but will save money in the long term when compared to the previous agreement, according to agenda documents.

By adding the 28 new cameras, League City saves $500 per camera for a total of $70,000 over the next five years. Typically, the cameras cost $3,000 each, according to agenda documents.