Surveillance camera suggested in wake of date rape drug claim - Aug. 20, 2013
Town council has been presented with a proposal by Deputy Mayor John Ames to install a surveillance camera at the foot of King Street after he said he’s had two people confide to him they’ve been affected by the date rape drug.
Ames told council erecting a security camera on the median at the King Street and Milltown Boulevard intersection could lessen risks associated with liquor establishments, vandalism and the absence of security personnel. The town’s two bars are located on King Street.
“Anybody that comes to me with anything, let alone something of that serious a nature, I’m going to take it to council and see what we can do,” Ames told those around the council table at Wednesday night’s meeting.
“There’s not a whole lot we can do in terms of policing or telling a liquor establishment what to do. We can help the people involved. I’m very concerned about the reports of the date rape drug.”
RCMP Sgt. Bob McKnight said police received a report approximately one month ago about a couple of persons who had passed out, with no recollection of what, if anything had occurred. He said there was a suggestion of possible drug use but absolutely no evidence of such and said their conditions could have been brought on by excessive alcohol consumption.
Coun. Allan MacEachern said if the town was going to start putting up surveillance cameras, he’d like to see one placed in the area of the electric car charger on the wall of the Visitor Information Centre at town square.
He said security cameras will act as a deterrent in crime but added council needed more facts. He suggested the idea be explored further and brought back to council.
Coun. Debbie MacDonald wanted to know the cost of the cameras along with the agency that would monitor them. “It can get quite expensive.”
Ames said the surveillance cameras would be a onetime expense and the tapes they produced would not have to be constantly monitored by staff.
“In terms of prevention St. Stephen is behind the times. God forbid something should happen. Prevention is the best medicine.”