Sikeston Implements Security Cameras
SIKESTON - A southeast Missouri town is installing security cameras to keep an eye on things, and not just in the business district.
It's the latest expansion of Sikeston's use of camera technology. The community of 16,000 residents put its camera system in place in 2002 as an effort to combat a rising crime rate.
The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports city leaders recently established an "adopt-a-camera" program that allows business owners to work with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety to post security cameras near their firms. More and more business owners are on board with this program and are purchasing their own systems.
"I [was] happy to pay up to around $6,000 to $7,000 toward that system, because that's what I was going to spend anyway," said resident Steven Burch. He feels his workers are safe because of the new systems.
According to the Southeast Missourian, other cities like Cape Girardeau are considering similar programs.
While the cameras keep an eye on businesses, other areas of town are under scrutiny.
Sikeston Department of Public Safety director Drew Juden says cameras are focused on public housing, schools and high-crime areas.
Some feel the cameras are an invasion of privacy, but Juden said most of them remain in commercial areas. The residential areas that are scanned by cameras are "on the fringes of" housing authority and public housing.
Resident Angie Liggins said, "If you're doing what you're supposed to be doing, you have nothing to worry about."