Police Camera Installed in Old Everett Neighborhood

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

The residents in Old Everett Neighborhood petitioned the mayor, city council, and Lansing police to install a surveillance camera in their community.

"Most people stay indoors, you're afraid to come and go at night," said Marilyn Ellis, a member of the Neighborhood Watch and Old Everett Neighborhood Association.

Police said the area near Legrand and Walton Streets was a primary location for a camera. Even though the residents requested it, receiving one all boils down to data. Cameras are installed only where they're needed most because of crime.

"It's like the proverbial added tool to the police tool box," said Lansing Police Public Information Officer Robert Merritt. "It's the eyes in the sky. It can give you intelligence for if you're responding to a call, dispatch can go to that camera and give you a little heads up on what's going on."

The 33 current cameras can also go anywhere once they've done their job in a community. The mayor's office is a proponent of that, and played a big role in getting Old Everett's camera.

"You're able to calm down a neighborhood, and then, eventually move that to another neighborhood, so they are mobile, they're designed that way," said Lansing Coordinator of Community Outreach Joe McDonald. "And so once we get a hold of a neighborhood, then we can move it to another location."

But not everyone wants a camera in their backyard. Some residents in the Knollwood-Willow neighborhood have had a camera for years - since the original installation - and they feel like they're not seeing results.

"It's a waste of the taxpayers dollars, and it's a waste of the police time, they're not prosecuting anybody, they're not even taking care of this area with the cameras, and you see them right there, and these activities still go on here daily," said Walter Brown, president of the Knollwood-Willow Neighborhood Association.

Brown is also concerned the cameras are an invasion of privacy. He said the one at the intersection of Knollwood and Willow Streets has alienated people in the community.

Police said the cameras are helpful, and only used for right reasons.

"Our policy is that it's not used to look into windows or to look into people's private life, it's to help deter crime, as well as help police solve crime," Merritt said.

That's what residents in Old Everett Neighborhood wanted.

"I think it's going to give a comfort level to all of us," Ellis said.

The new camera is installed, and it will be turned on next week after it's fully connected to Lansing police dispatch.

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  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Jul 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM
    Although this sounds good on the surface, unless you have cameras on every corner, all this will do is move the criminals to an un-monitored location. WILX shouldn't have posted the location, in my opinion. But I am sure the criminals look around for cameras, so it probably doesn't matter anyway. Thank You. Ricardo
  • by Chris Location: Lansing on Jul 25, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    Hi how y'all doing. Suuuuup
  • by Zach Location: Eaton Rapids on Jul 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM
    As long as animals aren't afraid of video recoding it won't work,, let's attach it to an automated gun turret! Now that is a plan!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    Why don't they look into the actuall number arrest made from using the cameras. I should be in the officers report and the numbers should be there. Someone should look into the crime rates in the area that have cameras.
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      by Jimmy on Jul 29, 2012 at 09:31 PM in reply to
      Nice. I'll add that a .50 caliber machine gun tower with camera and tracking devices at all busy intersections used to deter speeders would help in that respect also. Guarantee after the first car gets turned into swiss cheese, people will obey the laws.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Jul 25, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    You people who live there made your beds, now sleep in in it!
  • by Steve Location: Lansing MI on Jul 25, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    These cameras are a waste of money, they are not decreasing crime rates, they've not even been useful in a SINGLE criminal case yet, but still Bernero insists on spending money on them. What a waste.
  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Jul 25, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    Mr. Brown hit the nail on the head when he says "They're not prosecuting anyone." As long as this practice continues any steps taken to combat the crime epidemic in Lansing are useless.
  • by Becky Location: Lansing on Jul 25, 2012 at 05:00 AM
    What a waste of money, I am a frequent listner of a police scanner and in the past I heard the PD ask the center if a certain camera recorded an incident and the answer has always been "no it didn't, that camera is not working".
  • by anonymous Location: Lansing on Jul 24, 2012 at 07:47 PM
    A surveillance camera (a.k.a. big brother, this is where it starts.
  • by Founding Father Location: Holt on Jul 24, 2012 at 07:41 PM
    Those who would sacrifice freedom for "security" deserve neither. Big Brother can go to hell!
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