COLUMBIA — Misinformation by Proposition I promoters is scaring April 6 voters with talk of a crime wave.
Fact: Downtown's a low-crime area when you remember population's rising and more arresting officers are downtown than before.
Fact: Where surveillance cameras exist, research shows no increase in prevention or convictions. Misstatements imply we've got no cameras downtown or in parking garages.
Fact: They're in garages, at banks and other businesses.
Fact: Police Chief Burton's stated preference is more officers over cameras.
Fact: Proposition I provides for no funds; it's an unfunded mandate.
Fact: The $25,000 supposedly offered by the downtown business association comes from our tax money.
A recession is no time to vote for costly, unnecessary "big brother is watching you" cameras posted at every corner watching us. Ordinary citizens don't need this harassment.