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LETTER: Old-fashioned policing is solution, not surveillance cameras

Friday, April 2, 2010 | 7:58 p.m. CDT; updated 4:16 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 3, 2010

I urge voters to say no to Proposition 1 when they cast their ballots on April 6. Downtown surveillance cameras will not reduce crime nearly as much as good old-fashioned policing, such as Chief Burton's recently-enacted downtown squad. Additionally, the police would have to rely on the luck of the draw for one of a handful of cameras to be in the right place at the right (or wrong) time to capture video of a crime.

The better solution is for downtown business owners to install their own private cameras that can always be present to protect their property and their customers. Finally, over 90 percent of assaults in Columbia occur outside of the downtown surrounding area. It makes no sense to single out one specific, and safe, geographic area with what amounts to a government subsidy. To find out more reasons to vote no, visit KeepColumbiaFree.

John Schultz is the chair of the Boone County Libertarian Party.


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