Cameras, Lights, Beach Safety

Cameras, Lights, Beach Safety

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Whenever you visit the beach in Gulf Shores, someone is always watching and we're not talking about other beach goers.
"We have security monitoring, cameras, that the police department monitor on a regular basis," says city spokesman Grant Brown.

 It's one of many safety measures in place. "When people come here to the beaches of Gulf Shores we want them to feel safe. Not just when they are on the sand sun-bathing and going in the water with our beach patrol and lifeguards but when they are in parking lot areas and when they are in the pedestrians area and Gulf Place is just real important," says Brown.

Going to the beach in the middle of the day safety issues are the last thing on your mind but when the sun goes down that's a different story.

"I've never had problem," says Charlotte Pastor from New Orleans. But, last week there was a problem. A shooting. The first in recent memory. Surveillance video revealed something else besides the crime according to Grant. "We noticed a couple of areas where we have gaps in our coverage. So we will be adding a couple of cameras to our locations here just to do a better job of covering."

Enhanced lighting is also heading to Gulf Place. "Usually when it's really dark out and there are not any lights that usually scares me a little bit," says Pastor. "Safety is a problem for girls," adds Tammy Tran from Baton Rouge. "So it's good there are gong to be more cameras and lights out."

The beach is a place for carefree days of sun, surf and fun. "Anytime we have an incident like we had last week a very thorough review of what do we do, what could we have done better, are there things that we can add to make things safer," says Grant. The city wants to make sure the nights are just as carefree.

Also, as part of the city's enhanced safety measures, beach warning flags will be going up at public accesses at 10th and 12th Street's on West Beach, along with the city's list of do's and don't's while visiting the public beach.

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