Security Cameras Will Go Up With or Without Council Nod

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says no matter what, 10 surveillance cameras will be going up in neighborhoods with crime problems within the next 30 days.

"We have hot spots in Lansing," Bernero says. "We have areas with a lot of crime and cameras would absolutely work as a deterrent."

But concerns over how the city will pay for the cameras and how exactly they'll be used have some councilmembers buzzing.

"Technology is good, but I want to make sure the police are using the technology they have before we add onto it," says councilwoman Carol Wood.

Bernero wants the $350,000 for the cameras to come from a loan city council would have to approve. If they don't approve it, the mayor says he'll take the money from the city's budget.

Bernero admits there's no firm policy in place on how the cameras will be used, but this is not something, he says, he's backing off. He feels strongly that cameras will bring crime down even further.

"Public safety is my top priority," Bernero says. "There's no question we're going forward with this. The question is how council will decide to pay for this."

"I'm still a proponent that we need more officers out there doing their jobs," says Wood.

Just like the debate at city hall, people in the Genessee neighborhood are divided, too, over whether the cameras are a good idea.

"Anything that's going to help get crime off these streets, I'm fully in support of," says Brady Foreman, who lives in that neighborhood, which has seen its share of crime this year.

Another neighbor, who doesn't want her identity revealed, disagrees.

"I'd rather see them spend the money on police," she says.

Regardless, it seems community watch will be taking on a more literal meaning in the next few weeks.

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  • by Vickie Location: Lansing on Sep 11, 2007 at 01:52 PM
    Why is it, we the people can figure these things out, but who we put in office do not have a clue. Verg, I hope you do not plan on running for office again, I don't think you make it. You pay for the camara's, I'm tired of being taxed to death.
  • by Thomas Location: Jackson on Sep 11, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    Verg, Verg, Verg, do you think the criminals will go to where the cameras are, or lets think a minute. If they want to do a crime they will go else where or shoot the camera. This will not do anything but put additional taxes on the taxpayer. So another few can't pay their taxes so they will be forced to crime to pay. I think Jimmy of Jackson has the right idea. One for Jimmy Zero for Verg.
  • by Jimmy Location: Jackson on Sep 10, 2007 at 09:41 AM
    I have an idea, since Verg wants them, and Verg does not have approval then let the city deduct the cost from Verg's pay.
  • by Ed Location: Lansing on Sep 9, 2007 at 05:07 PM
    Ole Virg is starting to behave like George Bush!
  • by Kim on Sep 9, 2007 at 04:09 PM
    "We have hot spots in Lansing," Bernero says. "We have areas with a lot of crime and cameras would absolutely work as a deterrent". Yep, I agree, deter the crime to another area. Good job Vergie!!!
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