New Cameras Can Zoom in on Gunshots

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - City officials in Hobbs are installing 20 surveillance cameras in five parks as part of a $540,000 project.

City parks superintendent Wade Whitehead says the remote-controlled cameras are being installed on existing utility poles where available, or on new 40-foot towers. The cameras include gunshot recognition technology, which will locate an area where gunshots originate and zoom in.

Whitehead says controls for the cameras will be located at the Hobbs Police Department, but authorized city officials also can monitor the system.

The idea for surveillance cameras came up after Hobbs experienced at least two shootings in parks during the fall of 2008.