CHICAGO, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Chicago streets could soon be guarded by hidden cameras so small they could be concealed in a match box, Police Superintendent Jody Weis said Tuesday.
Weis, during a taping of the WLS-AM show "Connected to Chicago," said the covert cameras would be used in concert with the hundreds of blue-light surveillance cameras already installed in the city, the Chicago Sun-Times said. Drug dealers and other criminals making plans would move out of range of blue-light cameras and into areas where they would be recorded on the smaller ones.
"They are incredibly small. I've seen some that would fit inside of a match box," Weis said. "These can be secreted in locations that nobody would ever detect. It's amazing where we're going with technology."
Weis said the hidden cameras would not necessarily be expensive because the city could buy as few as 50.
"We put some here. We move it around. We run the operation," Weis said. "We arrest a lot of bad guys. Then we see where there's another uptick, and we move 'em somewhere else. It's kind of like mobile pods, but they're covert. The bad guys will never know they're being watched."