By Heather Killen
Members of the Middleton and Area Business Association are exploring the possibility of installing a system of private security cameras around town.
Jonathan Archibald, MABA chair, said that during the last meeting held on September 25, members discussed the break-ins last month and ways they can protect their businesses and help prevent future crimes.
“Brennan Knowles, of Valley Bean, suggested we raise money towards private security cameras,” he said. “I think it’s a great idea. It could be a trial run to see how effective cameras are in helping to catch people and reducing crime.”
Archibald said this idea grew out of a suggestion raised by Gordon Hay, co-owner of Cinnamon Creek. Hay suggested the business community create a rewards fund to offer cash incentives in return for information about crimes.
“We thought that was a great idea, but no one wanted to administer the funds,” he said. “We decided to explore the idea of the security cameras and hopefully we can work with the town and RCMP to determine the best locations.”
He added that so far estimates for a basic system of security cameras start around $350; and if local businesses support the idea, MABA will approach business owners for voluntary donations towards the cameras.
He hopes to have more information about this project in time for the November meeting and if the plan is approved, the cameras could be in place later this year, or early 2015.