On Tuesday March 16th, community members gathered at Chinese Information and Service Center to put several plans that would increase public safety around International District/Chinatown into action.

On Tuesday March 16th, community members gathered at Chinese Information and Service Center to put several plans that would increase public safety around International District/Chinatown into action.

 

Several community leaders have voiced their agreement on one particular idea – adding community-owned surveillance camera at several crime hot spots. It will deter the would-be criminals by feeding the citizen-owned live videos to the Seattle Police Department. Since the public surveillance system is owned and operated by the community, there are fewer restrictions in how those clips are used.

 

It will deter crimes in several ways. Suspicious activities may be monitored by the police department, which may then respond to the scene with or without an alert coming from a 911 call. The video clips will also serve as evidence in the court, therefore minimizes inconveniences to the victim or other witnesses.

 

Installing the surveillance system will take only a few weeks and cost about $70,000, which will be shared among property owners and fundraising efforts.

 

The difficult part of the plan is getting the agreement from the business and property owners from around the district. For this system to be effective, it will require the agreement of property owners in area under surveillance and also to install the equipments onto the exterior of the building. It will be vital for individuals to urge the property owners toward the idea.

 

The members were also encouraged to be more vocal to the city council about any problems that the community faces. The only way to get the government’s attention is to make sure they know that our votes count.

 

For additional tips on personal safety, there will be a meeting hosted by Alan Lai at Chinese Information and Service Center on Thursday March 25th.

 

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