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Taking care of business
June 27, 2018

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To the editor:

I recall, in 2014, the action taken by Collier County by their most forward thinking individuals when planning for their future growth and the resulting population increases. They announced their decision to add a significant number of traffic cameras to the roads and streets of Collier County to better take control of their increasing traffic and criminal activity to be solved with images from security cameras. Every day we see criminals being apprehended as a result of security cameras on each and every TV network. If it works nationally, why is Lee County ignoring this fact?

When one compares cameras to other security measures, cameras emerge as the least costly and most effective choice. When combined with competent law enforcement personnel, security cameras are far more effective, less intrusive, less psychologically draining and much more pleasant than any alternatives.

These additional cameras should be used to issue traffic tickets for speeding, reckless driving, cutting red lights, etc. It is worth noting that most auto accidents are a direct result of speeding.

Instead of adding police officers to secure all of our schools, add cameras to the streets and reassign present officers to all of our schools. This could take place in very short order in Lee County.

In our current system, each new police officer is assigned a new, fully equipped auto for his/her use 24/7/365. These fully equipped autos cost in the neighborhood of $100,000 each. How many cameras would one car buy? Also worth noting, cameras never collect a paycheck, vacation pay, disability check, or a pension. They also never file a grievance! When they exceed their useful life, they are recycled and replaced with a new camera with all the latest updates and improvements.

We in Lee County need to dispense with the Orwellian big brother concept and take full advantage of the most recent technology available as we have done in every successful current industry. Modern technology makes everything more effective, faster and less expensive.

The Police Department of New York City recently stated that NYC has between 400,000 and 800,000 security cameras, which is a conglomeration of city owned, privately owned and Homeland Security owned and operated. How many do we have being used in Lee County?

Wake up Lee County! Like it or not, we will have armed guards in each and every school and college in the USA. We are living in a declining society where crime and violence are fast becoming the norm. The greater the population growth, the greater the quantity of deranged among us.

Robert E. Workman

Cape Coral

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