Surveillance cameras going up in Fayetteville

Call it big brother, but many support the added security.
February 26, 2014 3:34:29 PM PST
An invasion of privacy or helping to curb crime? For the first time, surveillance cameras are going up in Fayetteville where crowds tend to gather.

Many have expressed mixed reactions to the plan ever since the police chief announced his intentions to do so over the summer, but for the most part, many people ABC11 talked to Wednesday can absolutely see the benefit of having the added surveillance.

Wednesday, members of the department met with PWC officials to discuss the installation, which could begin as early as this week.

The first set of cameras is expected to be installed downtown, but Chief Harold Medlock told us over the summer that his hope is to have 100 over the city over the course of the next five years.

The first batch will be paid for with grant money and a donation from the Downtown Alliance. And now that installation time is near, folks around here are certainly weighing in.

"We should not worry about surveillance is on you or not. If you are honest, you don't care about whether someone sees you or not. The surveillance is people who are lawless," offered resident Patricia Easter.

Police say the cameras could be installed in two to three weeks.

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