Loop Surveillance System Progressing

Joe Edwards said he'd like to see the camera system up and running by March at the latest.

In its bid to hire a firm to oversee , the City of University City said the system will need to be operational by June. However, Joe Edwards wants the security system up and running a lot sooner than that.

At Tuesday's meeting of the Loop Special Business District, and other popular Loop destinations, said he'd like to see the surveillance system operational by March at the latest. While the cameras had been in the works for sometime, business owners , which involved hundreds of unruly young people.

"Maybe they can speed it up," Edwards said to Raymond Lai, Deputy Director of Planning, Zoning and Economic Development for University City. "I'm not sure why it would take until June," Edwards added.

“We’ll pass the message to get it installed before the big crowds,” said Lai. He noted that the project was slowed because of "technical things with the system." He said it took time to coordinate the collaboration between University City Police and Washington University Police. 

Earl Higgins January 11, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Are video cameras in The Loop something the citizens need or even want? Seriously, where has the public debate, transparency, and civil discourse been on this highly controversial move? How much will it cost? What are the expected benefits? Does The Loop really want a reputation as being so dangerous that we need surveillance cameras everywhere? As far as I know, no other neighborhood has that "distinction". What about the privacy issues? I hope people take a few moments and educate themselves by reading up on surveillance cameras. One resource is at http://epic.org/privacy/surveillance/ , but please, look at others as well. I don't mean to come off as some jerk who just opposes everything, it's just that this seems to me like it's a pretty big deal, and everybody is just ASSUMING it's a great idea. I know one weekend last Spring really scared the bejeezus out of everybody, but is this really the answer? I would love to hear others' thoughts.
Paul Gill January 12, 2012 at 06:01 PM
If this is a taxpayer purchase or a Loop business owner purchase. As a UCity resident, I certainly hope this is not a taxpayer expense.
Earl Higgins January 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Ummm... I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but: http://www.ucitymo.org/Bids.aspx?bidID=64 Taxpayers will be on the hook for this one!


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