Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Surveillance cameras anger privacy advocates
Safety takes precedence over privacy
We see stories in the media about burglars, robbers, hit-and-run drivers, etc., being identified and arrested thanks to surveillance cameras. We also see clips from surveillance cameras with news anchors asking the public if anyone recognizes the miscreant shown, or saying that police are checking security cameras at nearby businesses for clues and are asking for public input. When it comes to protecting life and property, then, we are just fine with those surveillance cameras that are already in place.
If a new camera installation is proposed, however, the privacy folks turn out in force [“Waterfront surveillance cameras stir privacy fears,” page one, Feb. 1]. Can’t have it both ways. I value my life and property far more than my privacy, and favor more cameras, not fewer.
--Robert Gardner, Renton