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Keeping an eye on crimePosted Wednesday, January 16, 2008, at 8:48 AM
The security camera system to be set up soon at H.V. Griffin Park could bring some peace of mind to those who use the facility frequently.
It's not a dangerous area. The few problems involve minor thefts of purses or wallets, arguments among teens who frequent the skateboard ramp or occasional fistfights.
The system should be expanded to Purdy Court Pool, a site of frequent vandalism.
But other areas of Shelbyville could be helped much more by cameras.
Since so much crime occurs in Shelbyville Housing Authority areas, why not set up security cameras in the more crime-ridden areas of the city-owned "projects"? The same applies to some privately-owned apartment complexes.
That's where cameras could make a major difference.
I realize that would mean a loss of privacy, and that many innocent people live in those areas.
But constant monitoring could possibly lead to crimes stopped in progress, and make life a little easier for those decent people who have to put up with criminals.
Cameras are routine in densely-populated housing areas elsewhere. It's worth consideration locally.
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