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Tuesday, May 06, 2003


State College Borough Council approves fiber-linked video surveillance network

State College Borough Council approves fiber-linked video surveillance network

The college town of State College will monitor a rowdy area to prevent and respond to incidents before they get out of hand.

"State College resident Gloria Thompson read a statement in support of placing cameras downtown. 'It is the sensible thing to do,' she said. 'When citizens feel they have to avoid Beaver Avenue for fear of being injured or killed by a full beer can or drenched in all matter of liquid -- including urine -- and when additional police presence hasn't solved the problem, it's past time we consider a solution that's been used successfully for years.'"

The vote carried the council by a one vote margin; opposition was based on both fiscal concerns and a general uneasiness with video monitoring.

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