Use Safety Surveillance For Gangs, Not Roadways - And Response

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

As I drive from the 27/153 spit to Hamill Road I’m amazed and worried about the “surveillance for safety” seen at every intersection along the way.

The excuse always used to justify the government’s expenditure for programs like this is “safety” for the citizens and not revenue enhancement. 

Here’s an idea for city, how about putting up the safety surveillance cams around the areas where most of the gang activity and shootings occurs. 

This would help in alleviating the amnesia that occurs with every victim of these random shootings and possibly bringing those responsible to justice and as a cost justification maybe the number of taxpayer funded treatments and surgeries would drop at Erlanger. 

Some would argue that the government would be infringing in their civil liberties but what about us who drive 153 on a regular basis?

Jay Reed

Falling Water 

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I doubt that security cameras would survive very long in areas where gangs and shootings occur most often. 

In response to the despondency over traffic cams, obey the law and you will be immune to them.That was easy. 

I like the idea of more police officers being hired and the serious consideration being given to curfews in our city. 

If you perceive all of this as "Big Brother" [George Orwell, 1984], don't worry. Your life is already firmly in the grasp of local and federal government as well as any stranger with certain computer skills, not to mention private business. 

Learn to live with it, as it will continue to advance with time and technology. 

Teddy Ladd
East Ridge


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