Thursday, January 20, 2011
You better watch out, you better not shout. Oops, it's not Christmas but in downtown Columbia, you better watch out.
The long awaited video cameras are being installed. Previously just inside and outside the police station and borough hall, along with the Market House, the cameras are being installed throughout the downtown on traffic signals at Third and Locust, Fourth and Locust and Fifth and Locust streets, along with other areas.
The cameras, which were first approved by council a while back, are being installed as a way to cutdown on crime and vandalism in the downtown and other areas.
Will they help? Only time will tell. Were they needed? Probably. Will they work? Perhaps, but it will now take the alleged problems downtown and force them onto other streets. Who is watching the video of the cameras and how much is being spent on the tapes?