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Woodinville weighs spending $55,000 for surveillance cameras

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Woodinville Police Chief Sydney Jackson talks about proposed police surveillance cameras.

WOODINVILLE — This city of about 11,000 people doesn’t have a great deal of crime, but the police chief said Friday lawbreaking happens enough that the department could use some help.

“Generally we’re a pretty small department so anything we can use — community support, extra eyes and ears out there on the street — would help us lower our crime rate,” Woodinville Police Chief Sydney Jackson said.

The city is considering spending $55,000 on surveillance cameras to help solve robberies and other crimes. Through the month of March, residents can voice their opinions on the city’s website. A quick check of the community’s pulse doesn’t sound favorable.

“I don’t know where this all ends. How many cameras is enough? How many cameras is too much?” resident Kelly Clinch said.

Another resident, Clemens Mitchell, said, “I feel safe as is in Woodinville. It’s not going to make me feel safer. So, I don’t think it’s necessary.”

But Woodinville business owner Mike Rabas likes the idea. His bike shop was robbed once before and the thief was never caught.

“It’s a bad feeling,” Rabas said. “You come in. Somebody has been in your place. Robbed it out. There’s nothing you can do about it with something small like that. We have a small security system but it was just an in-and-out.”

He thinks a couple cameras on city streets are a good thing.

“It’s a tough deterrent also, knowing there’s somebody watching,” Rabas said.

But if the majority of residents don’t see things Rabas’ way, they won’t see cameras looking back at them.

“It’s a highly sensitive issue,” Jackson said. “We don’t want to go forward without finding out if there is support.”

For Woodinville residents who wish to weigh in on the issue, click here for the city website to answer the questionnaire.

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6 Comments to “Woodinville weighs spending $55,000 for surveillance cameras”

    Felcher Uno said:
    March 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Crime is rampant in the Seattle area and in the suburbs. and now with the insane legalization of pot it will only get worse. Surveillance cameras should be at every corner to stop the gangs, hoodlums, and dopers walking our streets at all hours, day and night. The safely of our children depends on it.

    Mel Bushini said:
    March 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Think of all the crimes that could be solved quick enough to prevent further crimes from the same people………….over and over again. The cities owe it to the citizens to install them all over areas where crime is common. The safety of the population is the business of the police, why don't they get on with it?
    I am tired it high crime rates in Seattle and the surrounding areas.

    StunGunMike said:
    March 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Our best bet is to have public cameras with public access that everyone can log into.

    www.logotech.com said:
    March 25, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    It's a great work that the city is considering spending $55,000 on surveillance cameras to help solve robberies and other crimes. I think that for these steps it will able to decrease the robberies.

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