Question of the Day: Surveillance Cameras

New license plate readers are up on Glen Cove Avenue, with more surveillance equipment planned to go up around the city in the next month. How do you feel about it?

A Department of Justice grant has brought new surveillance equipment to Glen Cove, with license plate readers storing data on thousands of vehicle movements per day on Glen Cove Avenue near the Ballroom Legacy dance studio. Another will be placed on Route 107, according to chief of police William Whitton, and video cameras will go up in the city's two parking garages and in some public spaces, mayor Ralph Suozzi has said.

Their purpose is to deter crime and provide authorities more tools to use to catch perpetrators in the event of a crime. It is a trend and a rationale being seen in many other cities, towns and villages across Long Island and the rest of the country.

Are you comfortable with the increased surveillance methods?

Does your opinion fall on one side of the issue, or do you see pros and cons to the methods?

What positive consequences might you foresee?

What risks are posed by such measures?

Do you feel it is you, the citizen, that is the target of these cameras, or somebody else?

What do you think is a responsible way for the city to handle its surveillance?

james February 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Ok tom. Thanks for putting everything in perspective haha
Prof. Walter Jameson February 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM
It comes down to a simple matter that we're all human and we all slip up on occasion. Humans have a capacity for good and a capacity for malevolence. I'm fortunate to have known more people who were good than bad. Others may have had different life experiences thru no fault of their own.
pocopazzo February 23, 2012 at 03:13 PM
The home invasion on North Lane is just one good reason to have the cameras. There were helicopters flying around, and the perps were probably long gone by then. Who expects privacy on a public street anyway?
David February 23, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Did they ever get them?
Kristina S. Heuser February 27, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I have the utmost respect for police and the job that they do, and I trust that our police chief is entirely well-intentioned and have had nothing but good experiences with the Glen Cove Police Department. The police are not the issue here. While I would like the police to be equipped with tools to combat crime in the community, I am not willing to sacrafice my liberty and rights guaranteed to me by the Constitution (and before that, God) for this to happen. I have read the comments above and heard it from other people (including my own husband) that innocent people have nothing to worry about, only criminals do. The problem is - who decides who is innocent? I bet in Germany before Hitler came to power Jewish people did not think they were in danger by giving the government information about where they lived and worked, but once the Nazi regime took over, certainly they were disadvantaged by the fact that the government had all of this knowledge. While some may say it is "paranoia" to think that the government could turn on you or on me, our forefathers warned us to always be vigilant. The quote above about sacraficing liberty for security gaining us neither is right on point. The founders knew something about this because they would have been executed for treason by the British government for their revolutionary actions had they been caught, and there would have been no United States. Surveillance by the government curtails freedom, and THAT is not safe.


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