SAN DIEGO — A divided Ocean Beach Town Council voted to support installing 10 police surveillance cameras to crack down on crime in the beach area.
Residents packed the council meeting Wednesday night to speak for and against the plan. While some opposed the cameras because of concerns about privacy rights, others argued that they are a necessary tool to fight a growing crime problem.
“I’ve seen those guys smoking crack, homeless people fighting each other with razor blade knives,” said one supporter of the cameras.
Many privacy activists were livid with the outcome and said that they would continue to fight the plan.
“I don’t want to be at the beach with the cops watching me 24 hours a day,” said Rick Callajon a privacy activist.
The 10 camera’s are expected to be installed in a matter of weeks, and proponents said this public safety measure has been long over due.
Councilwoman Lorie Zapf spearheaded the plan spending $61,000 of the city’s general fund to add the surveillance.