Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

By , June 7, 2011 3:17 pm

by Philippe Cloutier

A few months ago, we reported a story regarding the Woodmont Library’s surveillance camera capturing a crime and local police unhappily having to obtain a warrant for access. In response to this, it looks like the King County Library System will be removing a number of their cameras. Seattepi.com details the situation further and concludes that the Downtown Library will be the only library to retain their cameras. The library system views video surveillance as a hindrance to library goals, and the process effectively consumes approximately $30,000 a year.

Unfortunately, the article does not include a weigh-in from Seattle law enforcement, nor does it offer any statistics about footage previously turned over. Although the article has a snazzy quote from a visiting UW Law School Professor, Ronald Collins, (that should make us feel good about ourselves): “The people in the best position to safeguard libraries are librarians . . .” Yet, the situation has the potential to be the start of several back-and-forths, given that cameras were first installed in 2006 to protect the public. If crime were to increase, I can’t imagine the King County Library System being able to hold out.

LLOPS is powered by WordPress • Panorama Theme by ThemocracyLog In