Dunbar residents respond to imminent camera installation

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FORT MYERS, Fla. –  Since 1993, James Alfred has lived in the Harlem Lakes community, which is no stranger to gun violence. But he joins residents who hope that the installation of cameras at the entrance of Harlem Lakes will curb area crime.

Alfred, whose car has been struck with bullets, said the cameras will make him feel safer.

“It might not stop the crime but it’ll help catch the criminals,” he said.

Other neighbors were too afraid to be identified, but many said they welcome the surveillance.

By the end of the month, the city will install surveillance cameras in Alfred’s neighborhood and at Habitat Village. Workers have already surveyed the latter to prepare for the install.

The cameras will be used to capture images in the crucial moments leading up to and right after a crime has been committed. Similar cameras were installed in downtown Fort Myers after the Zombicon shooting, but the response on Facebook has been mixed.

Some people said residents in Fort Myers’ neighborhoods struggle to come forward with information about criminal activity.

“If people actually spoke up, there wouldn’t be a need. I commend the city for doing this. #GottaStartSomewhere,” one person commented.

Another person was doubtful about the benefits of the cameras, which will cost the city $200,000.

“That still won’t stop (the violence),” someone wrote.

The addition of 24/7 surveillance is a threat to the freedoms of residents, one person opined.

“This is the introduction to the police state of Dunbar. Don’t get it twisted. This only gives them more power and control,” a person wrote.


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