More cameras added to Short Creek surveillance network map
Published: April 18, 2013 08:31AM
Updated: April 18, 2013 08:31AM
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Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune A surveillance camera mounted on what appears to be a public utility pole in Hildale, Utah, on Feb. 18, 2013.

After reporting in March on an extensive and mysterious surveillance network in two polygamous towns, we asked for help identifying cameras we may have missed. Now, we’ve updated the map with six new cameras that were submitted by users.

The newly-identified cameras, including three at a sewer pond, are marked on the map with green push pin icons to differentiate them from those we documented while exploring Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. You may also need to zoom out to see all of them; while we mostly documented cameras in the core of the towns, most of these new additions to the map lie on the outskirts of the twin towns.

It’s also worth mentioning that we can only make educated guesses about the purpose and owners of these new cameras. Our original story cited Willie Jessop saying the overall network is controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our follow up, which included considerably more information, cited Guy Timpson agreeing. On the other hand, city attorney Blake Hamilton acknowledged that, like most other cities, the towns have cameras on sensitive areas like utility facilities.

We’re continuing to investigate this topic and as we learn more we’ll write updates.

The next time we’re in the Short Creek area we’ll try to document these new additions with photographs. And, again, if you know of more cameras, email me at jdalrymple@sltrib.com

—Jim Dalrymple II

Twitter: @tribunepolygamy