In an attempt to increase staff safety and deter vandalism, Brockton is installing video surveillance cameras outside the Walkerton Community Centre as well as Centennial Pool. (Centennial Pool is located in Centennial Park)
It was staff that brought forth the recommendation of the video surveillance camera.
First and foremost, Mayor Chris Peabody says the cameras are meant to address employee safety concerns for those who have to close up at night and head to the parking lot.
Secondly, it is believed that the cameras will help deter vandalism, particularly at Centennial Park where the pool is located and vandalism has been a problem.
Before approving the use of the cameras, public feedback was sought through Brockton’s website and social media platforms.
100 percent of the comments received were in favour of the cameras, with some citizens requesting or suggeting that that Brockton add more video surveillance to other municipal locations as well.
Staff suggest that if there is a noticeable deterrent effect (vandalism), then additional cameras could be considered in the next municipal budget for other municipal properties.
Peabody notes the positive public responses contrasts with the back lash Brockton received 10 to 15 years ago when the municipality tried to put surveillance cameras in Walkerton’s downtown.
In this day of social media, Peabody believes the change of heart comes as people are more accepting of video surveillance as a means of protecting public safety.
The cameras will be installed this week at a cost of 10 thousand dollars. (July 10th, 11th)
As part of the new video surveillance, staff have developed a policy to ensure the privacy of rights of resident and visitors are protected to the greatest extent possible.
The video surveillance is to be viewed only by the Chief Administtrative Officer for set purposes as to aid in law enforcement investigation, investigate an allegation of serious employee misconduct.
The video recording would be automatically destroyed within 14 days unless the recording was required for a lawful purpose.