Electronic eyes may span river in Kamloops

North Shore and downtown Kamloops Central business improvement associations looking to add security cameras to businesses

The North Shore Business Improvement Association (NSBIA) is piggybacking on its downtown counterpart’s quest for more security cameras at member businesses.

Last week, the downtown-based Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) announced it had issued a request for proposal to identify organizations with cost estimates for all equipment and labour required to install security camera systems.

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The goal is to curb petty crimes and other nefarious activities.

Having been working on a request of its own, the NSBIA’s executive director, Jeremy Heighton, said the organization is partnering with the KCBIA to include North Shore members in accessing the winning bidder.

“There’s no point in duplicating an RFP process because the reality is both processes would be almost identical,” Heighton told KTW.

The NSBIA represents 423 businesses between Overlanders Bridge, Halston Bridge and the Kamloops Golf and Country Club, with about 185 of them being along the Tranquille Road corridor.

Loitering, littering, graffiti and staff safety are all concerns for the NSBIA, which Heighton said the installation of security cameras may help illuminate.

There are also a number of issues any business owner has top of mind, regardless of their location in the city, Heighton noted.

“I think you’re always thinking about shoplifting, you’re always thinking about property damage,” he said.

Heighton said he is not overly concerned about privacy issues arising from the added cameras as businesses are expected to abide by rules and regulations with video-recording systems.

“I think if you happen to incidentally catch something at the street level which is a crime and you can provide that footage to police services, I think that’s an extra advantage for us as a community,” Heighton said.

“Having said that, there is a balance of rights that have to be acknowledged in regards to what you use your camera for and the span of capture.”

Heighton estimated less than five per cent of NSBIA members have security-camera systems, but he noted prices are likely more reasonable now than they were 10 years ago.

Based on numbers he has heard from security companies, Heighton said a business could install a system for about $3,000.

While the two business improvement associations will not be paying for the systems, the hope is that a bulk order from the RFP will mean some discounts for participating businesses.

The cameras are to be placed inside a business or mounted on its exterior, depending on the needs of participating owners and landlords, according to KCBIA executive director Carl DeSantis.

“What we want to do is make sure that if there’s people who are doing bad things, whether it’s inappropriate or criminal, that there’s an opportunity to hold them accountable,” DeSantis said.

The request for proposal closes on Sept. 3.

There are no plans to place the cameras on public property.

BANNER DAY ON HORIZON

New banners replacing the faded, aging “I Heart North Shore” flags along the Tranquille Corridor will be installed within the next two months, Heighton told KTW.

He said the new tagline on the banners will be “Explore Our Shore.”

The NSBIA has also launched its new website — exploreourshore.ca.

The site contains a member directory and an assortment of stories and facts about the North Shore and its history.

The soft launch of the website will be augmented by the addition of more content in the coming months.

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