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Glenwood South denizens differ on surveillance camera idea

Posted March 22, 2012 10:23 p.m. EDT
Updated March 23, 2012 5:36 a.m. EDT

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.

"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.