Cops announce pilot project for Queen-Bathurst
Big Brother will be watching you more and more as closed-circuit digital video cameras become the means to catch criminals or prevent crime. That’s how some see the use of closed-circuit TV in public places.
"There’s a concern that we’re being watched," a resident of the Bathurst and Queen Street West area told police at a public forum last week.
Shown to have "a higher incidence of violent crime" than some areas of the city, Queen and Bathurst has been chosen for a six-month pilot project starting March 31 with closed-circuit police cameras, Staff Supt. Jeff McGuire said at the meeting.
Other residents said they worried about "the displacement of crime" — drug dealers moving their trade from the front streets to the back streets of the same area.
McGuire said the film will be used only to provide evidence in a crime or "as a crime prevention tool."