border camera 82210569 State Adds New Camera Tool To Border Security

A remote-controlled surveillance camera overlooks the Rio Grande River between the United States and Mexico near Laredo, Texas. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

McALLEN (AP) – The Texas Department of Public Safety is ready to ramp up deployment of motion-triggered cameras in what it hopes is another tool to monitor the state’s 1,254-mile border with Mexico.

DPS Director Steve McCraw says 20 to 30 of the small mobile cameras have been tested and proven effective for more than a year in rural areas along the border.

The cameras can take series of still photographs when people walk by and then email the images to accounts that DPS selects, including law enforcement fusion centers or even the ranchers on whose land the cameras sit.

McCraw said information from the cameras had already led Border Patrol to apprehend about 150 illegal immigrants this year. McCraw says DPS hopes to deploy about 400 cameras with current funding.

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