Private Cameras Deployed on Public Property

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Mar 24, 2014

Should private cameras be allowed on public property?

The upside is that it can reduce expenses significantly for finding the best spots to deploy cameras. The downside is privacy and concerns about misappropriation of public resources.

It is a question that some cities are debating. In Arizona, citizens want an explanation as to why a utility company was allowed to install a camera in their neighborhood to watch one employee’s house.

More recently, in Georgia, a neighborhood association is asking city council to let it put up a camera on public property as part of a security measure for the neighborhood. For this note, we talked to the city and the association about what they are attempting to do here and what surveillance they are using.

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Comments (1)

I am pondering approaching a trailer park where an employee lives, he says there are theft issues there, someone actually stole an aluminum 30ft mast from under his house some time ago. Cameras at the entrance and exits, and covering many roads in the park. Possibly give each resident an option to view the feeds on their own computers or mobile devices. As the cameras could be tasked to only look at the roads and not someone's door (unless they requested it), maybe there wouldn't be many objections (except from the thieves that live there).

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