Whether public surveillance cams make you feel all safe n’ cosy, or whether you find them an egregious infringement on your right to litter, tag, and engage in other anti-social behaviour, the Toronto Police Services Board wants to talk to you about it.
As many readers will recall, the TPSB recently ended a month long test of closed circuit cameras on Yonge near Dundas, and have said that the cameras are proving helpful in the investigation of a shooting that took place on December 30 (although not so helpful as to lead to the identification, location, or arrest of a suspect). Current plans call for a 6 month deployment of cameras starting April 30, 2007, in identified “high crime” areas in Scarborough, North York, Downtown Toronto, and the Entertainment District.
The TPSB have scheduled a series of public consultation meetings around the city over the next 3 weeks, after which the proposal will go forward whether you like it or not. For the full schedule of meetings, go here and click on “CCTV Consultation Schedule”.
Thanks to Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler for the tip.
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