Poll: Surveillance Cameras on Monte Vista?

Would surveillance cameras curb the violence on Monte Vista Street?

near 5300 Monte Vista Street in Highland Park has prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to post the following question on their Facebook page.

The area along Monte Vista street in Highland Park has long been contested between several gangs. Do you support installing surveillance video cameras in the public area to help curb the violence?

Given the violence that's taken place on Monte Vista Street recently, would you support the idea of placing surveillance cameras in the neighborhood? Or do you fear that would unfairly infringe on the privacy of law-abiding citizens?

The Daily News also touched on it last week in a report about an LAPD plan to install cameras in the valley.

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the city to stop surveillance programs, both because of privacy worries - there has been abuse elsewhere - and out of concern they don't work as well as advertised.

Zine, a retired police officer who's now a volunteer reserve officer, brushed off such objections. So did police, saying anyone who's in public has no expectation of privacy and law-abiding people have nothing to worry about.

"We're not putting these in backyards or homes," [said Councilman Dennis Zine.]

How effective are surveillance cameras in deterring crime? Law enforcement officials swear by them, but a 2011 report by the L.A. Times found that systems in Downtown were essentially useless.

The cameras were installed over the last few years in a highly publicized partnership between local business groups, which purchased them, and the Los Angeles Police Department, which was meant to monitor and maintain them.

But officials said the majority of the cameras don't work. Some broke down and were never fixed. In the case of six cameras purchased to watch over Little Tokyo, LAPD officials admit they were never plugged into the police station's monitoring bank.

Frustration about the broken cameras has deepened in recent days after a string of stabbings on a block in Skid Row. In one case, a 53-year-old man died after being stabbed and beaten by more than half a dozen suspects. No arrests have been made.

A camera is located just above where the stabbings occurred, but officials said the device was not working properly.

Are security cameras worth it? What do you think?


dbroo August 02, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Stop the hate.Start finding a way to see yourself as a part of a great community that deserves to be as recognizes as Beverly Hills. We have great people here and La Pug, you are one of them. Believe it- be IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PD August 16, 2012 at 07:52 PM
wow, one person pulls out the race card then you see People's true colors. Pug you're an idiot for your dumb comments especially bringing out the race card. Batgirl, you make no sense. You need to find yourself. Everyone should be welcomed here in HLP.
frank van neutra lautner August 16, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I'm generally not a fan at all of surveillance cameras in the public commons but I think this is a situation where their use is warranted. Their use at those locations should be reassessed at least every two years with general community input and they certainly should be removed some day when they are found to be no longer necessary for the specific purpose of gaining a better handle on the violence around Monte Vista St. resulting from the ongoing gang turf war.
frank van neutra lautner August 16, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I'm not going to waste my time getting into all of the foolish, trollish, nosesnical and sordid (including racist) aspects of your position but I will say this: You don't own this neighborhood, Pug. Nobody is stealing anything that you're entitled to.
PD August 16, 2012 at 08:49 PM
2 Frank totally agree with you. Trust me, they work. Folks, do some research. In other parts of the city cameras have reduced crime and assisted in solving crimes. Think outside of the box.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »