Moline is one step nearer to putting in a city-wide digital camera surveillance system.
Council members on Tuesday accepted spending $214,000 to buy an Avigilon video surveillance system for 16 digital camera places downtown. The acquisition is Section I of a city-wide system mentioned to offer enhanced safety in troubled areas.
Alderman Pat O’Brien, Ward 6; and Alderman Michael Waldron, Ward 7, opposed.
“It looks like a little bit Huge Brother right here,” O’Brien mentioned. “I do know they’re for safety, however has there been an uptick in crime down right here? Are we having issues with safety within the downtown? Do we have to have a look at hiring some extra police?”
O’Brien requested if downtown enterprise homeowners have been consulted in regards to the metropolis putting in surveillance cameras.
Police Chief Darren Gault mentioned Geoff Manis, Moline Centre Foremost Avenue Supervisor, was speaking to companies.
“We have been engaged on this for about two years, since about 2019,” Gault mentioned. “We put it on maintain, clearly, due to the COVID pandemic and if funds could be accessible. The downtown companies have been receptive. We have now had some issues within the downtown space.