The City of White Rock installed a CCTV camera at the Five Corners neighbourhood in 2018 to monitor potential criminal activity in connection with the rainbow crosswalk there. (File photo)

Council divided on benefits of CCTV, more data called for before city invests in measure

by Alex Browne

Peace Arch News

December 8, 2023

Installation of an extensive network of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in White Rock’s waterfront and uptown areas will likely hinge on cost and effectiveness.

That’s the main take-away from a discussion at council’s Nov. 27 meeting, in which a report from chief information officer Chris Zota laid out pros and cons for establishing a full security camera system in the city.

A CCTV camera was installed at Five Corners in 2018 following acts of vandalism to the city’s rainbow crosswalk there.

Council ultimately endorsed Zota’s two-part recommendation – directing staff to “engage the RCMP Detachment and identify critical areas where CCTV cameras could be installed in public areas, yet not monitored live, to deter violent crime and anti-social behavior, and collect evidence to help solve violent crime,” as well as issuing a request-for-proposals from contractors to determine how much the project will cost initially and over the life of the equipment.

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