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Depoe Bay City Council: Considering city wide surveillance system

Surveillance cameras Commons photo

Surveillance cameras
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In light of the disappearance of long time Depoe Bay resident Katy Rowe, and thursday’s recovery of her body at the entrance to the Depoe Bay Harbor, there appears to be some support for installing professional surveillance cameras at various locations in and around Depoe Bay.

Tuesday night, before Roe’s body was discovered by the Coast Guard, City Councilor Robert Gambino convinced the council to at least look in to setting up surveillance cameras around town – especially along well traveled roads and walkways – up to 10 cameras, possibly.

Gambino said such devices are common across the country as deterrents to criminal behavior in that everyone is reminded that public spaces are just that, public spaces and are subject to video and photographs 24/7. Gambino said the cameras would also be useful in providing occasional video on any controversial or high profile traffic stops within the city. Mayor AJ Mattila quickly endorsed the idea saying that such surveillance capabilities might have been used to prevent or provide clues to determine what happened to Katy Roe, 22 of Depoe Bay who went missing over two weeks ago.

But Councilor Jo Fisher-Brown was less than enthusiastic about the idea saying that many people consider surveillance cameras an invasion of their privacy or that they just don’t feel comfortable knowing they’re always on camera in Depoe Bay.

The council voted 5 to 0 to give Councilor Gambino the go-ahead to go shopping for an appropriate system and to determine the cost. At that time the council would further discuss whether such a surveillance system is in the best interest of the town.

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