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Glenwood South denizens differ on surveillance camera idea

Posted March 22, 2012
Updated March 23, 2012

Bars, restaurants and shops along Glenwood South in Raleigh draw crowds, and police want to place surveillance cameras along the popular drag to keep an eye on everything.

Those who live, work and play in the area have mixed feelings about the idea.

"It would creep me out," said Rashied Sharrief. "It is good for safety, but people may think it is a violation of their privacy."

Raleigh City Council voted to apply for a $100,000 federal grant to pay for the cameras. The city would add in $30,000 for the project.

Joshua Peters thinks that would be a waste of money. "There is no need to invest in surveillance cameras when it is not needed."

Joshua Peters said he feels safe on Glenwood. And he would be uncomfortable feeling watched.

David Mellin, owner of Amra's Lounge and Cigar Bar, agrees the neighborhood is generally safe, and said cameras would keep it that way. Raleigh pitching eye on Glenwood South Raleigh pitching eye on Glenwood South

"If people know there are cameras, they are less likely to do something wrong," he said.

He thinks his customers may appreciate the extra set of eyes.

For Bronce and Sarah McClain, who live on Glenwood South, surveillance cameras pointed at their front door would serve as a neighborhood security system.

"It would make people think twice about their actions," Bronce McClain said.

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  • brassy Mar 23, 2012

    Big brother is watching.

  • Tcheuchter Mar 23, 2012

    "$130000 for a false sense of security. There's a fool born every minute, isn't there?"

    please show it to be false. If you can't, who is the fool?

  • Tcheuchter Mar 23, 2012

    "Next step- cameras in your living room. Once you give surveillance like this a foothold, there is no stopping it."

    paranoid nonsense. one is a public space and the other a private place.

    " More and more of your tax dollars will go toward cameras, computers and people who do nothing but sit and watch your every move."

    So just like we pay ciops to drive around and do the same....except guy with cameras is more effective and cheaper.

    " Look at Great Britain- over 500,000 cameras EVERYWHERE, and the biggest theft of personal rights and privacy ever documented."

    Yeah its so awful over there...1/4 the murder rate and Cops don't even have to routinely carry guns....oh the horror!

    " Go ahead, let them put cameras on Glenwood. Cameras peeking into your bedroom are not that far down the road."

    What is it with the loony right...this obsession with folks bedrooms! Get it into your head.....no one cares what you do in your bedroom, least of all the Gov.!

  • Tcheuchter Mar 23, 2012

    "It really disgusts me that people care nothing about their freedoms these days as they search for a false idol of SAFETY."

    Absolute paranoid nonsense. The camera is no different than having a cop on patrol in the area just a lot cheaper and with a better memory. And yes they do reduce crime. Only the really dumbest criminal is going to commit crime when they are being watched.....and they help solve crimes by catching people passing through the area going to or from a crime scene.

    Don't worry, when the Gov. want to get you and drag you off to a FEMA death camp they are not going to need a camera to do it......

  • Malaki Mar 23, 2012

    Camera's won't solve everything, but I would feel much safer with them around.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 23, 2012

    Just another reason to add to the list of reasons that I only go downtown when I have a jury summons.

    "I can’t believe so many people are against cameras in a public place. Cameras solve more crimes than you can imagine. The amount of crimes a camera prevents is immeasurable. Ask Eve Carson’s parents how they feel about cameras. Her killers caught on ATM camera."

    You make the best point for not having cameras. Ms Carson is dead, cameras prevent nothing. ANd again, a camera would not have prevented the death of that kid in Florida. I would much rather that everyone without a criminal record have to carry a weapon and pass an annual proficiency test. Had Eve been carrying, she at least would have a chance to survive. Guess she could have pointed a camera and taken video, but it would not have prevented her death.

    It really disgusts me that people care nothing about their freedoms these days as they search for a false idol of SAFETY.

  • jsok123 Mar 23, 2012

    How about a camera out back of Churchill's Bar, at Five Points?

  • tiredleonc Mar 23, 2012

    I can’t believe so many people are against cameras in a public place. Cameras solve more crimes than you can imagine. The amount of crimes a camera prevents is immeasurable. Ask Eve Carson’s parents how they feel about cameras. Her killers caught on ATM camera. Ask the family of the young lady that was kidnapped and murdered from the Progress Energy parking deck. Her killer was on video leaving the parking deck. As far as some of you thinking that Glenwood South isn’t that bad then you don’t get out there that much. We have had drunk drivers hit pedestrians and flee, armed robberies, serious assaults, and even rapes. If you have never been a victim you cannot understand the feeling of violation that they feel and then if their crime goes unsolved because of no evidence then they never have any sort of closure. Imagine if that young kid in Florida that was just killed was on video that would have made that case so much easier to solve. There would be no question that

  • usemailinator Mar 23, 2012

    @Monca. I'd demand a refund for that criminal justice degree. Everyone knows cameras are a deterent to al lot of crime. Sure, some crooks are beyond caring, but the given the choice of comitting your crime on camera VS comitting the same crime somewhere else off camera, the later is the criminals choice. There is a REASON that out of the 300 cameras in walmart, only about 30 are real and the rest are fakes. Yes, I did IT work for WM and I know that only about 10% of the cameras in the ceiling are real - there for DETERENCE.

  • Coretta Scott Thing Mar 23, 2012

    Cameras are forensic, not preventative. That is they may record an offence occuring; in no way do they prevent that offence occurring.

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