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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

To improve downtown safety, a community organisation wants to add cameras

A community organisation wishes to install cameras in order to improve downtown safety.

Key Takeaways:

  • A network of cameras is recommended by a local organization to improve overall safety.
  • As part of the project, ten to twenty cameras would be erected across the downtown area, and according to Burnett, the monitoring system would be intended to deter crime.
  • Burnett said that his group wants to encourage people to revisit the downtown area and thinks this project might do so.

A local organization suggests a network of cameras to increase safety all around.

The pilot initiative is something that the Downtown Community Safety Partnership wants to start.

“It is not the end-all-be-all. As the adage goes, it is not the panacea. But I believe it’s a component of the equation that, ideally, boosts everyone’s sense of security, “said Greg Burnett, the safety partnership’s executive director.

Ten to twenty cameras would be installed across the downtown area as part of the initiative, and according to Burnett, the surveillance system would be hoped to deter crime.

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He is aware that those who are always being watched might worry about their privacy.

“Being open and accountable to the community about how they are being used and what they see will be crucial. Again, it is a security strategy that emphasizes wellness and health. With COVID, we are aware of our struggles and the things we have witnessed. We frankly expect that we can make a difference and offer assistance.”

Before the pandemic began, according to Burnett, there was discussion regarding the use of cameras.

A community organisation wishes to install cameras in order to improve downtown safety.
A community organisation wishes to install cameras in order to improve downtown safety. Image from Smily Homes

He claimed that the epidemic caused a delay in the project and pointed out that the organization received a lot of community assistance to get it off the ground.

“I believe we are ahead of the game, and once more, I hope we will move quickly.”

Burnett stated that his organization wants to draw people back to the downtown area and believes this initiative might help.

Source: CTV News

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