Alderman calls plan a step but not a solution
robin kuniski/for metro calgary
A downtown business manager has doubts that a city council plan to install surveillance cameras will help crack down on crime in the core.
On Wednesday aldermen will discuss a motion to approve the installation of between 12 and 24 cameras in high-risk downtown crime areas, but Fiore restaurant manager Jerry Furlong thinks the plan might be in vain.
"I don’t think cameras will prevent people from committing crimes. I think people committing the crimes don’t have much regard and will commit them anyways," Furlong told Metro.
Fiore is located on 17th Avenue SW and Furlong said not only does he work downtown but he has lived there for 20 years.
"I don’t think it will help prevent crime and might be a waste of money … but maybe it won’t hurt either," he added.
The cameras are estimated to cost the city about $500,000 if passed and will be located in known crime areas such as East Village, Stephen Ave, the Beltline and along river pathways
Ward 7 alderman Druh Farrell believes the cameras will help deter some crime, but cautions that the cameras aren’t an overnight solution to an ongoing problem.
"I believe it’s a step in the right direction but people need to know it’s only a step and will not prevent crime completely," Farrell told Metro.
"I think they can be a helpful tool and I have heard a lot of positive feedback from community residents who support the idea," Farrell added.