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Monday, June 13, 2005

Cameras in Stores

Recently, WSET ran a story that stated cameras in stores don't stop robberies and they are totally ineffective. I disagree. I am glad they are there. Yes, sometimes they don't work well, need fresh tape or need to be upgraded, but on the whole they have helped solve crimes. I have seen this time and time again. From clerks stealing lottery tickets, to robberies, break ins, and even a murder that occured near the Expresslane on Memorial Ave., they helped police and the owners of stores solve crimes.

In Florida, they have laws about how much outside lighting a store should have, and they require two clerks on duty at night at all times. After enacting these laws store robberies dropped significantly. Could Lynchburg learn a lesson from this and pass this needed legislation? Its time for Lynchburg to think proactively and work on addressing these issues.


(Local police, law and crime)

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