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Do you think certain areas need cameras?

Posted Monday, May 30, 2011, at 2:40 PM

Although most of us are captured on camera many times each day and countless times each week and month, how would you feel about certain areas of the city and county (other than intersections, etc.) in an effort to catch criminals?

We have many crime-prone areas with extremely little or no surveillance. As an example, I'd like to see multiple cameras capable of watching who's out and when around the intersections of Highway 64 East, I-24 and Highway 41.

Do we need a camera somewhere along Unionville-Deason Road?

How about Warners Bridge Road or certain areas of Fairfield Pike both inside and outside the city limits of Shelbyville?

I'm not talking about cameras mounted on utility poles and such, but perhaps up in trees along the roadways with permission from the property owners and changing the locations from time to time.

Do we have areas where you would like to see a hidden camera located?

We have the technology. Would the effort be worth the cost if this helped nab a murderer or rapist?

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We have too much government intrusion already. If they would enforce the laws already on the books and PUNISH criminals instead of coddling them we wouldn't have so much crime.

"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates.-Tacitus"

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, May 30, 2011, at 6:05 PM

I agree with quietmike . . . strengthen the laws we already have and that will deter crime more than anything else.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 9:30 AM

No. If you know where the many crime-prone areas are... you should stay away from them to prevent being raped, mugged or killed.

Your local publisher could publish the trouble spots to not only alert the public but pressure the law enforcement agencies who are getting paid to put their time in until they retire.

If you give up your rights to be safe, you will lose both your rights and your safety.

If You sat in a hiding spot and videoed everyone who came along, you would be not only arrested but sued also. Why should we let the Government do it. And the thing is, the Government isn't the one doing it. It is private firms taking the videos, viewing them and then deciding what to turn in and what to keep.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 7:06 PM

I don't agree with the idea of cameras, but I am very much in favor of making crime a very painful lifestyle option to engage oneself in. The recent sentencing of a couple of meth cooks to 60 whole days of incarceration for more than 50 counts of severe child neglect and at least 50 counts of manufacturing methamphetamine does not send that message at all.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 12:43 AM

I understand the sentiment and really have no issues with someone video taping me, but I think what you are hearing is a severe distrust of our government.

Plus the knowledge that law enforcement is human, so if one bad apple exists, there is room for abuse. As you know, personal liberty and privacy is intensely cherished.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 5:55 AM

With the exception of children's play areas Mike I will say I agree with you on this one. There is a strong need for enforcement of the current laws. Why put up cameras to get video of people breaking laws when they will not be held accountable for them any way?

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Fri, Jun 3, 2011, at 12:01 PM

I see videos of crimes being committed in stores on TV and can't make out any details, so what good are they?

I also hear tapes of crimes that no one can understand until they print the words out to read.

They allegedly can photograph earth from a satellite that is so clear you can read the head lines on a newspaper, yet can't get clear photos on their spy cameras.

All those videos in the wrong hand could flood the judicial system with more black mail cases than they could handle. People go about their lives in a normal manner. What is normal to one person may not be normal to another. Videos of people and their everyday routine would start the DOJ creating new laws against this habit and that behavior. It is simply spying on people without a warrant against their 4th amendment right.

We have enough laws that the Law enforcement agencies can't enforce and when they do some judge lets them go.

The only gun control law we need passed, for example, is a law that allows the people to bear arms.

Or a law that allows people to say whatever they want to as long as they don't injure someone or violate their civil rights.

Maybe a law that makes Americans immune from any Muslim Blasphemy Law or Shariah Law.

What about the teachers who are molesting students, both male and female? Should we allow the perverted law makers to place cameras in the locker/shower rooms to protect our children?

Where is our invasion of Privacy going to stop? The only place we have any privacy is in our own home and now they have passed a law letting the law break in without a warrant. No Privacy at all.

But then I told everyone you are losing your rights and don't even know it. Just keeping on asking for protection and you will have neither the right to protect yourself, nor protection from the ones you expected to protect you.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Fri, Jun 3, 2011, at 2:38 PM

We need cameras focused on the three branches of the Government and NASA also.

It seems that NASA isn't telling us what they know and the Media isn't saying any thing either.

NASA is predicting intense sets of "Solar Tsunamis" starting in 2012, threatening communication satellites and power grid transformers. A pretty good reason for retiring the Shuttle all of a sudden this year!

We are only told to go to the Zombie Attack Website to find out how we should protect ourselves.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Jun 4, 2011, at 11:00 PM

Bo, I am sorry to change the subject but I did not know where else to post it.

It was sad to hear about the passing of Ernest Robertson, Jr. who was a former editor of the Times-Gazette during my paper boy carrier days. For many years after leaving Shelbyville he was a photographer for the University of Tennessee.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sun, Jun 5, 2011, at 7:19 AM

Got to agree with Tim Lokey and Unique-Lies.

-- Posted by toad on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 11:25 AM

Do I dare mention that the County Commissioners need a camera over their shoulders?

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 9:45 PM

I agree too, that we do not need cameras, but need the justice system to get a backbone and shut up the bleeding hearts who claim the death penalty is cruelty. And that it is unfair to make criminals do hardtime, or heaven forbid take away the criminals warmth and make them sleep in tents like in some states.

And I agree that crime will continue to happen as long as people allow it to happen. The justice department no longer care about protecting people, they care about how much money they can bring in and what the drug dealer's property is worth. The whole justice system is a joke. Giving hand-slapping sentences for major crimes because the jails and prisons are full. If they are full, then no one is being "rehabbed" or "learning their lessons". Start punishing people instead of babying them and they will not commit the crime again! Once someone loses a hand for stealing, they most likely will not do it again. If they are marched up onto a platform with a noose for murdering or being a sex-offender - others will take their punishment as a warning.

Also, in the age of hackers, I do not trust any camera that can be viewed by other on a PC. There have been so many intrusions lately, there is no telling what could be done with what they could find.

And, even if a crime is caught on tape, the criminal's lawyer can sometimes get the tape thrown out of evidence so it still cannot be used to prosecute the creep.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Fri, Jun 10, 2011, at 9:30 AM

need cameras at parks not $45,000 a year gards let the police do there jobs and stop them from laying at there farvite hang outs.

-- Posted by airforce one on Sun, Jun 12, 2011, at 1:18 AM

Speaking of watching... Keep your eyes open for the word "Christlam". It is the new one world Order False Religion.

So called Christiians have joined with the Muslims to create a new One World Religion. It is Christlam.

If you doubt me, look at what the Muslim Brother hood is doing in Egypt!

Murder, Rape, and Beatings of Jews in Egypt which is now controlled by the Muslim Brother hood.

If you are going to fight it... Fight it in a foreign land, don't wait til it gets out of control in America.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 5:16 PM

That word was suppose to be "CHRISLAM" Religion. Christ isn't in the word nor the Religion.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 5:55 PM

I wrote this blog and specifically mentioned the intersections around the Highway 64 East, I-24 and Highway 41 area for what I think is a very good reason.

Over the years I've covered some crimes in that area and took evidence photos on some of them.

Witin an area of 10-12 miles from that area we've had at least five murders...and four of them have never been solved. Have other murderers driven through those intersections?

-- Posted by bomelson on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 2:17 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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