Thursday letters: Cameras could help curb crime

May 23, 2013 

— I take issue with the May 14 letter from Victoria Middleton of the ACLU, “Security cameras make us less free.” What does she think people on public streets will be doing that they will be afraid or ashamed of others knowing about?

Do the perpetrators of muggings, beatings, rapes, purse snatching or kidnappings have an inherent right to privacy?

It has been 21 years since our daughter, Dail, was kidnapped from a city street in Five Points, and if the technology had been available then to give us pictures of it, her and our ordeal may well have been resolved quickly and successfully.

Do you think additional cameras would have been helpful in tracking down the animals who attacked the three young women walking in Five Points? Would it be helpful to law enforcement to have pictures of young men stealing a purse and knocking a young woman to the ground to get a few dollars and a portable phone?

Perhaps if cameras had been available on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, some 10 or so years ago, there would have been a quick resolution to those takings. Some might lose their proclivities to break the law if they know the likelihood of getting caught has been increased.

Ms. Middleton may well be a nice lady, but in her zeal to protect common criminals who certainly don’t want cameras on public streets, she and her organization have gone overboard.

Dan Dinwiddie

Columbia

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