Little resistance to downtown cameras
It was a chance to have a say on where the City's downtown security cameras go. It seems most Winnipeggers can't be bothered with that issue. Only a handful of people showed up at a public hearing on Monday night.
Winnipeg police see that as a positive, viewing it as a sign of little or no opposition to big brother dropping in on downtown activities.
Police Superintendent Gord Schumacher says it's a sign that people are good with the plan.
"Because there is such a high acceptance of this, we find very few people actually come out and make their views known either way," said Schumacher.
Just this past spring 83 per cent of Winnipeggers surveyed said they supported the idea of public security cameras being monitored by police.
Ten cameras will go up in six different locations.
They will be placed in Central Park, the West End, Downtown, and Main Street strip.
Police say the cameras won't be hidden.
To further address privacy concerns, the video will only be kept three or four days, and only accessed by a few when police learn that a crime has taken place.
Those that did show up to the meeting were more concerned with location than privacy.
"No privacy worries. As I've said many times, if you are not doing anything wrong, you shouldn't have anything to hide," said Roanna Hepburn from the Point Douglas Residents Committee.
The $440,000 pilot project is scheduled to last a year.
Police say if the cameras reduce crime and improve people's perceptions of safety; they will consider the program a success.
There is another public meeting on Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Millennium Library. The Cameras are scheduled to go up in January.
With a report from CTV's Kelly Dehn