Community safety becomes more critical as populations increase. That’s why I’m urging everyone to vote in favor of Proposition 1 on April 6.
Its passing will authorize the deployment of cameras downtown and enhance public safety. Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has said publicly that safety cameras are a deterrent to crime.
Where freedom from observation is concerned, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that what happens on public streets and sidewalks is not private. Plus, results from a Keep Columbia Safe survey indicate 91 percent of us feel safety cameras are needed. If Columbia’s Special Business District holds to its offer to cover half the expense, the cost to the city will be only $12,500 annually.
When April 6 arrives, please vote yes on Proposition 1 and help ensure the safety of those who proudly call Columbia their home.