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Cedar Rapids police want to see more surveillance cameras

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - CC Recycling was seeing multiple break-ins in a year, so the business put up surveillance cameras. There are even signs warning people that the area is under 24-hour surveillance.

Employees say that the cameras have helped deter criminals.

"Really keeps trespassers off property," said Shane Malanaphy, facilities manager.

That's exactly why Cedar Rapids police want to see changes to the city's surveillance camera ordinance.

Currently, gas stations and convenience stores have to have them -- but that's about it.

Officers want to add several businesses to that list, places which police say are more likely to be targeted by criminals.

The list includes:

  • Bank or Credit Union
  • Carry-Out Food and Drink
  • Coin Dealer
  • Delayed Deposit Services Business
  • Firearms Dealer
  • Hotel or Motel
  • Carryout Liquor or Alcohol business
  • Mobile Communications Retailer
  • Money Transmission Service
  • Pawn Broker
  • Pharmacy
  • Scrap Metal Dealer
A lot of those places already have cameras.

"We're hoping that people and these businesses continue to do what they're doing," said Greg Buelow, Public Safety Communications Coordinator. "Upgrade their technology. Install those cameras on their own. There are some that aren't doing that, and there's calls for service there that the police would be aided by that additional evidence."

Officers also want to see people upgrade their technology to newer cameras, so footage isn't grainy.

At CC Recycling, they say the few times they've been robbed after installing the cameras helped police track down the suspects.

"You catch one or two criminals, it's well worth your investment," said Malanaphy.

Officers say the cost to add cameras or upgrade current ones varies, but they believe the systems should be less than $1,000.

Any changes to the ordinance still need approval from the City Council. The surveillance camera ordinance was passed several years ago after someone was killed at a convenience store.

For people who missed the first information session on October 7, there will be another one on October 28 at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

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