Poll: Would You Welcome Police Cameras on York and Figueroa?

The issue will be discussed at Thursday's HHPNC meeting.

Would security cameras located at the intersection of York Boulevard and Figueroa Street benefit Highland Park?

An item on Thursday's (HHPNC) agenda calls for the board to discuss a bid by R&D Systems to install a camera system in the area, which would be monitored by the Los Angeles Police Department.

According to HHPNC member Richard Marquez, the board has $50,000 set aside to purchase a security system, and has been trying to install one in the area for two to three years.

In 2008, security cameras purchased by the HHPNC were installed along York Boulevard near Avenue 50. Those cameras--which are currently non functioning due to billing issues with the system's bandwidth providers--were also monitored by the Los Angeles Police Department.

"They've been very helpful," Marquez said of the cameras. "This has been one of the things that we've gone to LAPD and we've asked them--what do you want to help fight crime in Highland Park? Do you want a camera system?
It's helped them with solving crime, solving cases and it's also a deterrent. It helps, it just like a security camera in a bank."

Marquez said a security system at York and Figueroa may help to deter drug dealing that takes place in the area of Veterans Square Memorial. 

However, the placement of security cameras in public places also raises legitimate concerns about privacy, which Marquez said he hoped would be discussed at Thursday's HHPNC meeting. 

"[Invading privacy] is the last thing we want to … our whole thing was not to invade on privacy of people," Marquez said, noting that most major cities have similar security systems. "There is the privacy issue, but I think what outweighs that are the pluses, and we're not going into people's houses, it's a public domain on the boulevard and probably the most apparent place to not do the wrong things."

What do you think? Would you support the placement of security systems in public places in an effort to reduce crime, or are the privacy concerns too great? How would you spend the $50,000?


BajaSerg May 02, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Sounds good to me!
David Bloom May 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I would support the cameras being installed there to help curb the negative activity happening at the Veterans Memorial Square. Yet I am not so sure why they would need cameras to confirm anything --the party at the Square never ends. All the police need to do is care enough to stop and not just drive by.
bobo May 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM
If you aren't doing anything wrong you would be grateful for the cameras in case something were to happen to you or someone you know.
Hector Huezo May 02, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I'd like to here some thoughtful comments in opposition to this, but my understanding is that security cameras in public spaces act as a crime deterrent by just being there... operational or not... HLP deserves a sophisticated, tech based policing strategy, especially with all he recent shootings... maybe cams should be closer to 50 and Fig.
Carl Showalter May 02, 2012 at 08:00 PM
If money weren't a problem cameras should be installed along every street!
Susan R May 03, 2012 at 12:35 AM
It would be nice if the LAPD would set up cameras outside Divine Saviour Catholic Church so they would be FORCED to be entertained by the amplified sound system 6 times a day. I bet they would enforce the noise law then.
Susan R May 03, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Of, course in addition to cameras they would have to put in speakers that connect to Northeast.
Bob Bailey May 03, 2012 at 02:44 AM
No way. Why not just a camera in your home that will be next. Now you have to check in and out when you come home or leave. Never seen or read 1984?? Were watching you Susan. You to Carl. Your willing to give up your rights for what?
Vicki Kassa May 03, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I think the cameras could help identify persons who involved in criminal activities. My question is how will the bills get paid so that it won't be just purchased and then not get used like the other cameras.
Carl Showalter May 03, 2012 at 02:58 AM
1984 what? Get over yourself now. I live in the real world, where people get shot, not a story book. If cameras pointed at the street can deter/identify criminals, I am all for it. No camera will be pointed at my home or yours, so you can store that straw man away.
KingSlav May 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Security cameras on private property are fine. Cameras on government property usurp our constitutional rights. Instead, police officers should patrol the area regularly. I have NEVER seen a single police officer set foot in the Veteran's Park. No wonder there's always trouble there.
star76 May 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I'm all for it for merchants protecting there stores. That kind of security. But none of the cameras at stop lights. I believe the police were hired for a reason therefore they should do there job patroling. And quit being lazy. I have family who are cops. if you look in certain alleys of cypress park there's already security cameras in the form of light fixtures. What do you think about that?
star76 May 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Sorry I shouldn't say lazy I should say every business etc downsizes meaning people take on more responsibilities. Don't complain there's not enough people to patrol, do it its your job. And there job is to keep the community safe and show there presence in a good way.
Izzy May 05, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Bring on the cameras!
ChickenBoyFan May 05, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Suck it up, and say "Cheese". I believe they are most needed at Monte Vista/Aves 50- 53. Throw em up where all the gangstas thrive, or congregate in the alleyways. Solve the problems and the cameras can come down.
elozano May 05, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I think its a good idea. Highland Park has been making strong strides to make improvements commercially and in safety. Drug dealing and vandalism are problems that could be moved in the right direction. I agree with the comment that cops should walk or ride their bikes in the problems areas more often. It would make a greater impact than cameras alone.
Andrew Ward May 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I installed security cameras on my property in Garvanza as I had a continual issue with intruders straying onto my property. The installation of the cameras along with appropriate signage advising of recording etc. has seen a cessation of 'abnormal' activity.
Susan R May 05, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I am against cameras. We pay our taxes to have police patrol the streets. Blame the politicans, Councilmembers, Ed Reyes, Jan Perry, Eric Garcetti and the rest for not putting more officers on the streets. They promised 10,000 officers which they never did get. They promised them when they raised the trash fees. They all lied. Now some of those councilmembers are running for office. Don't vote for them! We need more officers, not security cameras.
Max May 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Great idea, bring them!
Nimby pimp May 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Send in the drones/there ought to be drones...
MoJoMoon May 06, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I'd spend the money on fixing the streets on avenue 54.... someone is gonna get hurt eventually!
MoJoMoon May 06, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Sorry... I meant sidewalk on avenue 54.
Monica May 06, 2012 at 05:56 PM
10:54 am on Sunday, May 6, 2012 Having lived in HP for 39 years I can easily say that the crime rate has gone up astronomically and if you're not doing anyting wrong then you shouldn't have anyting to complain about!! I happen to have the pleasure of living directly next door to a registered child molester who's nephews sell drugs in broad daylight!!! I have called the cops, WHO BTW, NEVER FIND THE TIME TO SHOW UP, so if a few cameras scattered around town will deter this kind of scum from wanting to live in MY town then so be it!!! I would gladly give up a little PUBLIC privacy for the sake of being able to raise my children in a neighborhood where trashy lowlifes are not willing to call home. 1984? I don't hear anyone complaining about the BOGUS patiot act, that actually monitors your phone calls, email and online activity. This IS for your safety, in YOUR neighborhood...how can you complain about that?!
Monica May 06, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I could NOT agree with you more!! Not only do all areas East of Aldama St need more surveillence, but brighter lighting as well.
Susan R May 07, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Monica, if you want to get more involved in cleaning up your area speak to your Senior Lead Officer at the Northeast Station. And, go to the "community based policy academy" program that the police have for the community. And, go to the LAPD Commmunity meetings that are held at the Northeast Police station once a month. Help is out there. You need to reach out and get it.
Susan R May 07, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Susan R May 07, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Here is a list of the Senior Lead Officers. Call or email the one in your area.
Susan R May 07, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Ruben Del Portillo May 07, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I support the cameras on York and Figueroa. But as you all may be aware we need them on Monte Vista along the 50s. It is no secret that this is a high crime gang infested area. This was discussed briefly at the last neighborhood council meeting. Funding is already in place, we are just awaiting to hear more details.
Ruben Del Portillo May 07, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Susan, think about this for a minute. Officers draw a salary, training, uniforms, benefits, vacation, and pensions and more so can not sit on a corner 24-7, 365 days. Average LAPD starting salary is about $52K per year. I am just guesing here, but I know I am pretty close. A camera can do all this at a much less expense and the video proof in court goes undisputed. The city is in a financial crisis. We need to utilize the little money that we have and put it to good use. Cameras is the way to go. The are highly effective and have been utilized in other communities with great success.


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