In the latest effort to battle blight, Schenectady NY Mayor Gary McCarthy announced the city will install solar-powered security monitors in a number of vacant city-owned properties across the city.

The monitors will be installed as part of a test program in Schenectady, Albany and Troy.

The device was created in response to a call from officials in  Louisville KY for help in dealing with hundreds of vacant property fires a year and is described as a “solar powered smoke detector detector.”. The device sends a signal to the police and fire department and phone calls and text messages to people in the neighborhood who sign up for it when it detects a motion or picks up siren of the smoke detector

For additional information, please click on the following media articles.

Times Union: Mayors hope security monitoring device will combat vacant property woes

Daily Gazette: New detectors aim to safeguard vacant schenectady-owned buildings