Should towns install surveillance cameras in public parks?

Oct 16, 2017

The town of Derry plans to place surveillance cameras around Hood Park in an effort to reduce criminal behavior such as drug use and vandalism. But will the cameras make the park safer, or infringe on people’s privacy rights?

Crime in public parks

Criminal behavior related to drug use in public parks has been a growing concern in New Hampshire in light of the opioid crisis. The city of Manchester has attempted to address the problem, in part, by prohibiting smoking in all its public parks. Police say it deters people smoking synthetic marijuana.

Should NH put cameras on school buses to catch those who pass them illegally?

Dec 21, 2016

Several states have passed laws allowing school districts to mount cameras on school buses to record whether drivers are passing illegally when buses are stopped to let off or pick up children.

In Austin, Texas, a similar move resulted in catching over 6,600 motorists over a period of just four months. By one estimate, drivers in the United States illegally passed school buses over 13 million times in 2015.

Some big cities give rebates for security cameras

Nov 10, 2016

Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago all offer residents compensation for installing security cameras if the residents register the cameras with police. 

The idea is to increase the availability of video evidence for police investigating crimes.

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