Greenville businessmen mull downtown security cameras

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 1:02 pm on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

GREENVILLE — There may be more eyes on the lookout for crime around downtown Greenville if funds become available.

The city’s Downtown Development Authority discussed installing security cameras along Lafayette Street area and in public areas on Tuesday.

The discussion comes a little more than a month after a gunman robbed Huntington Bank and about two weeks after a robber stole a handful of valuables from Huch’s Fine Jewelry.

Both suspects remain on the loose.

Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden said monitoring the cameras constantly would be costly, but they would be useful to obtain video when needed.

He noted the security cameras in the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail tunnel were $1,000 each.

“It would be a big project,” Van Wyngarden said of the possible cameras in the downtown area.

Wendy Gladding, owner of Beamers Tanning & More, said the project is worth considering even though funding isn’t available now.

Jim Hopkins, owner of Classic Image salon, said he believes the recent crime spurts in Greenville are just the beginning.

“At this point in time, I think it is just the beginning,” he said. “I think it is going to happen more.”

Hopkins said the cameras might help slow down whatever is fueling crime and Greenville should install some if funds become available.

“It is not a good time for people,” Hopkins said.

Huch’s Fine Jewelry co-owner Deb Huch said she agreed with Hopkins and thinks the cameras are a good idea.

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