But some oppose the idea that might keep you safe
Officials in Houston are trying to keep you safe after last week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. In order to do that, more technology, specifically security cameras, are needed. However, those lawmakers are finding some opposition.
Houston has more than 300 security cameras downtown, but City Councilman and former Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford told KTRH he's not sure it's enough.
“We can surely use more cameras in the Houston area. The large venues, where people tend to gather on a regular basis should have cameras in the public areas where no one can reasonably expect privacy,” Bradford explained.
Terri Burke, Executive Director of the ACLU in Houston disagrees and says even though cameras helped catch the Boston Bombers, they're not effective.
“The cameras tend to give people a false sense of security. They think the cameras make them safe. They don’t,” Burke said.
Burke says it’s not only a privacy issue.
“Boston had all sorts of cameras and it didn’t keep them safe, did it? The cameras in Boston helped them identify the suspects but they didn’t prevent those backpacks from being dropped,” Burke stated.
So what would the ACLU like to see?
“Put more boots on the street. If Boston used the money they spent on cameras to hire more police they might have prevented this tragedy,” Burke explained.