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  • Ashley Fitzpatrick
    May 02, 2012 - 12:10

    For clarification: "In the 10 months prior to installation of the cameras, Johnston said, there were 430 calls for police to the area. In the 10 months following the installation of the cameras, there were 377 calls." A correction has been made here. This had previously and incorrectly stated the count had been for the 12 months prior — due to a misunderstanding. The chief had made note of a "two-month gap" in the count, but was referring to the fact the counts were both for 10 months rather than a full year each, and not that one was 10 months where the other was 12. The correction made here will also be noted in tomorrow's edition.

  • Evidence Please
    May 02, 2012 - 11:59

    "In the 12 months prior to installation of the cameras, Johnston said, there were 430 calls for police to the area. In the 10 months following the installation of the cameras, there were 377 calls." Umm.... These number do not support camera use. For the 12 months prior to the cameras being installated the average # of calls per months was 35.8, the average number of calls per month over the 10 months following installation was 37.7 - that's an increase in the average # of calls per month. "...a number of ongoing cases involve footage from the cameras." How many cases exactly are planning to use the footage? And has the footage ever been thrown out of evidence, if so, for what reasons? This article lacks justification of the money spent on the cameras. It's just a reminder that 'big brother' can watch you, if he decides to put an operator on the camera controls the night you decide to be an idiot.

  • prufock
    May 02, 2012 - 10:27

    At one end of the spectrum we have people like Sparky, who have no problem with random searches of private homes and basic invasion of privacy. On the other end we have alarmists like Devil's Advocate who fear authority like it was the boogeyman and think that the ability to commit a crime without being caught is a "freedom." Most of us reside in the middle. We recognize that your behaviour in public is, you know, PUBLIC. Being observed in public behaviour by a camera is no more intrusive than being observed in public behaviour by a police officer. As long as these cameras and police officers are being used for their intended purpose, I see no problem with having them in public spaces. Private areas are the responsibility of the owners - if they want cameras they can have them, and if they want to invite police officers in they can invite them. However private spaces have rules that must be observed by officers of the law - you must have a warrant or sufficient cause for an immediate search.

  • Morality Police
    May 02, 2012 - 09:58

    One camera is pointed at the doors of the strip clubs. Make you think twice........

  • Sparky
    May 02, 2012 - 09:47

    I for 1,would not mind camera`s everywhere thats known as "trouble spots",then-again,I would`nt care where cameras are placed! The big problem in alot of cities across canada is 'grow-ups',I would`nt mind at the least if acouple of policeman came to my house acouple times ayear & wanted to do a "walk-through",I would gladly let them walk through my home.

  • Carol Ann
    May 02, 2012 - 08:36

    Devil's Advocate - what's up with you? Are you the guy in the back seat who got the last line in the video? Drivers are crazy in St. John's. The only place I can compare the lack of respect for rules of the road was in Spain. Impatant drivers drove like it was a rally race. Steve is talking about trying to cross the street with his children. You are somehow offended by that. Strange attitude. Somehow you feel adults with cars should drive through red lights, be distracted by texting or talking on a cell and speeding excessively. By the way your feedom was earned on the backs of fighting men who died for your right to complain about somone trying to keep children safe. (NO SARCASM, JUST THE FACTS)

    • devil's advocate
      May 02, 2012 - 09:23

      "Are you the guy in the back seat who got the last line in the video?" Don't know what you are referring to. A camera is only good for seeing someone act idiotic after the fact, not preventing the idiotic act. By the way Cameras everywhere is the opposite of freedom, it is more like totalitarianism. Totalitarianism what the fighting men sacrificed themselves to stop (FACT).

  • Lily
    May 02, 2012 - 08:23

    I gotta agree with Steve on this one. I am a strong advocate for Red Light Cameras in this city. The blatant disregard for any form of traffic regulations is shocking. A red light camera wouldn't record your every move, it just snaps a pic of the licence plate if you are in the intersection when the light turns red. No infringement on your privacy there... the city also needs to look at static photo radars in high problem areas like the stretch of Kenmount road between Topsail Rd and Wyatt Blvd. and frankly I believe that the only ones who will have a big problem with this are those who will be receiving the tickets from such cameras.

  • Steve
    May 02, 2012 - 07:36

    Now install some traffic cameras at stop lights and the such. Drivers in this city are insane. Almost everyday I take my young children out we are nearly mowed down by some bozo going thru a red, turning when not supposed to or just speeding excessively. Not to mention all those on cell phones or texting at the time. Cameras may help the police solve crimes but its about time the cameras were put to use to save lives and protect the public. I've NEVER seen a police officer pull someone over for any of the above in this city. If they won't do their job let the cameras do it for them and fine these bozos who are endangering us all.

    • Devil's Advocate
      May 02, 2012 - 08:03

      Yeah! I wish they put cameras everywhere, looking in to our private residences and everything, because we are all in danger don't you know. Just like in London England, where your every move, everywhere is recorded. I will gladly sacrifice all my freedoms and privacy in the name of safety and for the sake of other peoples children (sarcasm). STEVE, my stomach turns when I read comments like yours. If you are that scared of life, do all us private citizens a favor and just stay indoors.