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Surveillance cameras to monitor Olive Branch park

An Olive Branch community park that lost thousands of dollars in playground equipment to vandalism will soon be under constant watch by a surveillance camera. An Olive Branch community park that lost thousands of dollars in playground equipment to vandalism will soon be under constant watch by a surveillance camera.

(WMC-TV) - An Olive Branch community park that lost thousands of dollars in playground equipment to vandalism will soon be under constant watch by a surveillance camera.

Magnolia Park, located near Oak Leaf and Alexander Roads in Olive Branch, is one of the oldest in the city. Now, this small community park, where vandals burned playground equipment during the Christmas Holiday in 2008, will be getting a surveillance camera with a motion detector.

"We will be able to monitor at any time and do it live," said Will McNeer, Olive Branch's Director of Parks and Recreation. "Or, if there is vandalism that takes place, we can go and pull the video that was archived and watch what happened."

According to McNeer, the camera was donated by the vendor that sold new playground equipment to the city for Magnolia Park.

"It's a new technology that this particular playground company that won the bid was introducing at the time, and it's becoming more prevalent across the country," he said.

Officials hope installation of the camera will keep vandals away.

"With this system I just hope we can deter some of the activity that might go on at night or after hours," McNeer said.

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