Keeping an Eye on Downtown
Prince George, B.C. – Should there be surveillance cameras in downtown Prince George?
That’s a question City Councillor Brian Skakun would like answered.
Skakun has previously suggested surveillance cameras be set up in greenspaces in the City to capture images of illegal dumpers, and has posed the idea to add security cameras to public spaces to “Downtown Prince George” the Downtown Business Improvement Association. “It’s something I’ve talked about for a while” says Skakun” “and it’s something that I might pursue.” Councillor Skakun made the comments during the DBIA’s presentation to Mayor and Council Monday night.
“I think it’s long overdue that we look at that, ’cause when people know, there’s signs up there, whether it’s illegal dumping, they see the possible surveillance in the area, people take a second before they do something” says Skakun.
But DBIA President, Eoin Foley says members of the DBIA are encouraged to take a variety of security measures “We encourage members to make sure exterior lighting on the businesses are working, that there is visibility from inside and outside, that they cut off any gaping holes from the back alley by gating them off . Security cameras specifically, I know many businesses have them and the RCMP will immediately, if there is an issue, will go and request video footage”. He made no commitment to polling the members about security cameras on the streets of downtown.
But Skakun is specifically talking about having security cameras in public areas and would like to see the DBIA poll its membership on how they feel about adding security cameras to the streetscape. Skakun says he may pursue the matter either through a notice of motion through Council, or a combination of a notice of motion and results from a DBIA survey.