Submitted by ub on Thu, 02/02/2012 - 15:08

Video surveillance cameras have been in use on the streets of New York and many other cities worldwide for some time now. Soon, they will also be scattered throughout City Island and monitoring our every move.

However, according to some concerned local citizens, it is up to all of the area Clam-diggers and Mussel-suckers alike to decide whether these cameras are here to stay, and under which specific conditions they will be utilized.

Anyone can spot surveillance cameras outside private businesses, on many storefronts, in residential buildings, public parks, at traffic lights, cross town traffic and at various intersections. Although these cameras have been passively accepted as a necessity for our personal safety, it is now time to focus on that total cost, the purpose they will serve, who is watching whom and for what specific reason.

Please note that City Island Images will soon be streaming live video on our Website from a few easily identifiable City Island locations and for anyone and everyone to watch. Each one of our cameras is worth about $100.00. Thus, at a total investment of around $1000.00.

Another group has developed a separate and secret plan, with a totally different purpose. The City Island Chamber is reportedly ready to pay $100,000.00 for the installation of 15 cameras, which we are told will be recording images only visible to business owners, public safety authorities and from an undisclosed central hub somewhere on City Island.

At this stage of video proliferation, we all need to take an active role in the decision-making process, which allows for the installation of all video surveillance cameras. In some instances, cameras may provide an added sense of safety. They can monitor public spaces, the entryway of residential buildings, or private businesses. But there is an equal number of situations in which cameras become invasive. - Take a look and then make a decision... You be the judge!