PHOENIX (KSAZ) -How would you feel if you walked out your front door one day and noticed a big surveillance camera had been installed on a light pole across the street with no warning or notice.You'd want to know who put it there, who is it watching, is it watching me, right?That's what one Phoenix neighborhood went through recently.FOX 10 got to the bottom of who installed the camera but that only led to even more concerns from neighbors about their privacy.When the residents in one Phoenix community saw the camera pop up on a street light pole in their neighborhood they started asking questions."There it was, this box with this plexiglass front with what looked like a camera lens sticking out," said Alex Holman.Holman first saw the camera on a city light poll in January and he took photos of it."Then I decided to figure out who it was because I didn't like the idea of a camera spying on my neighborhood. I have kids playing down the street and I don't know who it is that's getting that feed," said Holman."The camera is high enough that at an angle it can see very easily into people's backyards. I don't know if you've ever stood on top of your roof but you can see into people's back yards at that angle and this is at least 10 to 15 feet higher than that," said Ananda Holman.More neighbors became concerned about who installed the camera and what it was watching."I decided to look in to it, when police said it wasn't theirs I got a little nervous, I got scared," said Alex.He started making more calls. "At first I went from the APS customer service, to their construction department help desk, to their joint use department, and back to the construction help desk," said Alex.But it wasn't until FOX 10 started making calls that APS came forward admitting they installed the camera. The big question remained, why would a utility company install a camera on a city light pole in the middle of a residential neighborhood?"I'm ok with people putting cameras on their own personal property but I'm not okay with people installing it on to a light post," he said.In a statement, the utility company said "This was a unique situation. In coordination with the city and local law enforcement, we placed the camera to provide an extra level of home security for an APS employee who had legitimate concern for the safety of his family. The camera focused solely on the employee's residence. No other properties were in view."
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