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PLP MP backs CCTV network

Government should consider deploying CCTV cameras near the West End's gang-troubled Woodys Bar, Sandys MP Michael Scott said last night.

Mr Scott responded to Government's announcement of a $1.3 million contract to expand a security camera network introduced to Bermuda in 2011 as part of measures to combat a wave of shootings.

Mr Scott said that while the presence of the cameras gave ordinary citizens “a deeper sense of security”, privacy issues were also relevant.

However, he added: “Most citizens concede privacy in favour of this tool — which, when working and being monitored, provides strong preventive and investigative muscle in the hands of communities that assist law enforcement in identifying criminals and assures people that technology is working for them.”

BAS-Serco last week won the contract to spread camera coverage Island-wide.

The Progressive Labour Party has by and large favoured the deployment of CCTV, and Mr Scott was no exception.

“It's my view that expanding the equipment to the West and the wider Bermuda would be welcomed,” he said.

Government has been put on the defensive by scepticism in the community on the upkeep and maintenance of CCTV.

This following the September 2 shooting murder of Jonathan Dill in the St Monica's Road, Pembroke area, in which residents questioned if the camera network had actually been functioning.

Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley has said police are reviewing footage of the incident.

Mr Dunkley has also pledged that the new network of CCTV would not present “a Big Brother intrusion” — but could also prove effective against traffic violations.

Sandys MP Michael Scott (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published September 30, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 30, 2013 at 9:43 am)

PLP MP backs CCTV network

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