M-Bar Sports Grill donates over $16k to city of Jackson to increase community safety

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 12:54 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - M-Bar Sports Grill donated more than $16,000 in technology to the city of Jackson in hopes of deterring crime during a Community Safety Day at the venue.

In a partnership with the Jackson Police Department, M-Bar donated numerous high-definition Active Solution SafeCity Neighborhood Watch cameras that will connect to Jackson’s Real Time Command Center to increase community safety.

“Even though it’s one unit, it’s actually four cameras up under that one umbrella,” said Tarrien Williams, strategic technology consultant with Pileum Corporation. “Instead of you just getting a fixed angle in one direction you can get multiple angles 360 degrees.”

“Our top priorities are the safety, security and well-being of our community, and we are 100% committed to stopping crime in its tracks,” said Richard Bradley, founder and owner of M-Bar.

“Crime is on an upsurge, and we will use all resources to combat it. We have been working closely with the Jackson Police Department, city officials and business leaders on strategies to stem the surge in violence. This new video camera system will help make our city safer.”

The wireless infrared cameras, which are powered by streetlights and connect directly to the police department, offer a variety of services to thwart crime including video analytics, license plate recognition, environmental monitoring and surveillance.

In addition to these cameras, M-Bar has taken numerous steps to increase safety and security in the area including tripling the number of security guards, increasing the number of Hinds County sheriff deputies patrolling the area and shortening hours of operation during the week.

“We are thrilled to partner with M-Bar and its leadership to fight crime in every corner of our city,” said JPD Chief James E. Davis.

“These new high-definition surveillance cameras will help us keep a watchful eye on the County Line area as we strive to keep the community safe from crime and violence.”

“Right now as we speak we have 11 outside cameras active, they cover a range almost from Ridgewood Road, all the way down to Chick-fil-A,” Bradley. “We’ve got an area covered and we actually have more cameras that are going to be installed and more blue lights as well.”

“Everything is coming in, you can see the satellite, you can see the locations on the actual cameras,” said Vincent Grizzell, deputy chief support services. “The saying is, if you see something say something, the camera does the same thing. It sees it, and it says something every time.”

“If you see a camera and you see blue lights, you know you are being watched, and that’s the message that we want to put out to the community, said Chief Davis. “If you come to this location with bad intentions the police officers are watching, and we are watching you in real time.”

The sports grill has seen crime occur outside or near the establishment.

In March, a 30-year-old was shot and killed outside M-Bar.

Arrests have been made in that case.

However, Bradley said it’s his hope that these cameras will now prevent something like that from happening again.

In fact, he’s encouraging other businesses and homeowners associations to also invest in security cameras where police can stream the video from the Real Time Command Center.

If anyone is interested in getting Blue Light Cameras, contact Brad at Active Solutions, 504-524-6579.

For the cameras on the building and the Fusus Core system, contact Terrian Williams at Pileum Corporation, 601-863-0086

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