Big Brother has come to the principal community in Pérez Zeledón. The Fuerza Pública said it has made an agreement with the Municipalidad de Pérez Zeledón to install surveillance cameras.
There are 13 cameras that have been working for a month in the main community of San Isidro de El General. Police reported Tuesday that they made 80 arrests in the community since the cameras were installed a month ago. They did not specifically link the arrests to information obtained by the cameras. The bulk of the arrests were for drug offenses.
The cameras are monitored 24 hours a day. Among the areas under the eyes of the cameras in the central park, said police.
A number of communities, including San José, have extensive networks of such cameras. The jury is still out on their use in police protection, but the local television stations love them for the footage they may provide.