Residents of Katy can expect to see additional traffic cameras after City Council voted to increase the number of units at a Feb. 12 meeting.

The details

After approving the leasing of 35 cameras at a cost of $74,550 during the Jan. 22 meeting, the council has revised the contract with Flock Group Inc. to now include 40 total cameras throughout the city.

The additional $30,000 cost is set to be paid by the city’s general funds reserve, according to the agenda documents.

The purpose of the cameras is to monitor traffic patterns as cars come in and out of an area, and for other police investigations as needed, Katy Police Chief J. Noe Diaz said.

Diaz said the additional five cameras will be placed at varying roads throughout the city of Katy, including:
  • Woods Lane
  • Pitts Road
  • Katy Hockley Cutoff Road
  • Katy Hockley Road
  • Katy Flewellen Road
In addition to the cameras owned by the city, Diaz said there are also 35 to 40 cameras that are privately owned by businesses and homeowners associations partners, which can also be used by the city and police department.

Quote of note

“It truly is a success story for us; we were one of the first ones in the Greater Houston area [to implement the traffic cameras], and now it has spread like wildfire,” Diaz said. “It is changing the way we approach what we do as a police department to keep the community safe.”

What’s next

The city and police department will continue to monitor cameras to predict the next influx of community growth as well as monitor the number of out-of-town visitors through weekly executive reports, Diaz said.