New “Invisible Gate” Goes Up in Coral Springs Community to Help Solve Crime and Deter it
Kensington Glen Among Residential Areas, Schools, and Businesses Connected to Coral Springs Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center

Article Courtesy of  Coral Springs Neighborhood Online

By Leon Fooksman

Published January 5, 2023


CORAL SPRINGS – Kensington Glen is a Coral Springs community with 258 homes with no security gates or a guard house.

But the community between Coral Springs Drive and Coral Ridge Drive just north of Wiles Road does have an “invisible gate.”


That’s the way Gil Sternbach describes the neighborhood’s new security cameras which are connected to Coral Springs Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center.

“I now feel like our community has security,” said Sternbach, who is president of Kensington Glen’s homeowners association.

This spring, the community installed four solar-powered cameras to read license plates and capture images of cars and people going in and out of the two roads leading into the development.

It’s one of a few residential areas in Coral Springs -- and among schools and businesses in the city -- that city police officers can access with cameras through Real Time Crime Center to find suspects in crimes and other investigations.

Kensington Glen is part of the police department’s “Blue Shield” campaign intended to encourage communities and businesses to connect cameras on their streets and in their shops and offices to the department’s digital network in order for police to monitor crimes in progress and solve them.

One of the new security cameras at Kensington Glen in Coral Springs.


For instance, if there’s reports of car break-ins in Kensington Glen, police can access data captured by Kensington Glen’s cameras and then search license plates of potential criminals who drove into the neighborhood or look at other images for clues on the suspects, Sternbach said.

And all of this can now be done remotely, instantly, and in real-time, he added.

“We can use this to solve crime as well as serve as a deterrent for criminals to come here,” he said.

Ellen Westerdale, vice president of Kensington Glen’s homeowners association, said she was a little skeptical at first about installing the cameras, which cost each homeowner $40 a year, but she supported it once she saw what the cameras can do.

“People cut through our community to get to somewhere else all the time. So if someone did something bad and they cut through our area to get away, these cameras will pick them up and that’s a good thing,” she said.

Westerdale, who jogs in the community in the early morning hours, said she hopes signs posted about the new cameras will “scare away” those wanting to break into cars or homes.

“I haven’t heard of any crimes since we got these cameras,” she said.