A Department of Justice grant has brought new surveillance equipment to Glen Cove, with license plate readers storing data on thousands of vehicle movements per day on Glen Cove Avenue near the Ballroom Legacy dance studio. Another will be placed on Route 107, according to chief of police William Whitton, and video cameras will go up in the city's two parking garages and in some public spaces, mayor Ralph Suozzi has said.
Their purpose is to deter crime and provide authorities more tools to use to catch perpetrators in the event of a crime. It is a trend and a rationale being seen in many other cities, towns and villages across Long Island and the rest of the country.
Are you comfortable with the increased surveillance methods?
Does your opinion fall on one side of the issue, or do you see pros and cons to the methods?
What positive consequences might you foresee?
What risks are posed by such measures?
Do you feel it is you, the citizen, that is the target of these cameras, or somebody else?
What do you think is a responsible way for the city to handle its surveillance?