Have Our Thoughts Changed On Security Cameras Since The Boston Bombings?

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Updated: 4/19/2013 7:03 pm
Security cameras have always been a hot-button issue in Chattanooga.

Cody Carlton, a manager at Security and Communications in Chattanooga, says, "Nobody wants it to turn into a 1984 big brother situation or anything, but really it's there to help you."

Security cameras recently helped authorities in Boston identify the nations most wanted man.

That led us to ask the question; have our thoughts changed on these little devices always peering over our shoulder?

Chip Baker, Executive Director with Friends of the Festival, says, "I think in this case it certainly helped a lot."

Tom Harden, a neaby resident, adds, "I think what we have is adequate. I don't think we need more. How many cameras do you need on one corner."

Six years ago Chattanooga made plans to put up more than 20 cameras in Coolidge and Renaissance parks.

They were programmed to send out alerts when there's certain activity in the area.

Carlton adds, "Unfortunately, bad things happen and cameras help prosecute criminals."

The cameras have helped prosecute people here in Chattanooga.

Some say the $400,000 investment was well worth it, and continues to be, especially for events drawing huge crowds like Riverbend.

Baker adds, "I think it's good to have vigilance of whatever type of camera."

There are certainly more eyes on us now than ever before, but now, many are wondering if recent events will add quite a few more.

Chattanooga Police officers and downtown supervisors have access to the security cameras.

Mayor Berke's Office has not commented on if extra cameras and security measures will be used in the future.
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