Some Saginaw businesses may be required to install surveillance cameras
SAGINAW, Mich. --Business owners in Saginaw may soon need to have surveillance cameras.
On Monday, the Saginaw City Council will vote on a proposed ordinance to require cameras at certain types of businesses.
That includes party stores, pharmacies and gas stations.
Jim Forester has worked at Bill's Party Store in Saginaw for fifty years.
"I tend to go with what you do each day, the best way I know how," he said.
Forester says a lot has changed in those fifty years, including an increase in crime.
Party stores are one of several types of businesses that would need surveillance cameras under a proposed ordinance in Saginaw.
"It's probably something that needs to be done in all of the stores,” explained Forester.
At Bill's Party Store, they've had cameras for a decade.
In that same time, they've also had roughly ten robberies.
"An individual comes in with a sweatshirt on with a hood," described Forester.
Forester isn't opposed to the ordinance, he's just not sure how much cameras help.
"It happens so fast, it's not like they come in and look at the camera and you get a good picture of them. They're not stupid," said Forester.
"The images at least show the outline of the person, the height of the person whether or not maybe they're male or female,” said Debbie Melkonian, President of the Adams Boulevard Neighborhood Association in Saginaw.
She supports the city's push to have more surveillance cameras.
"I think it's a fabulous idea. There needs to be a camera so that people know they're being watched. There needs to be a camera so that people know that if they do something wrong they will be identified," explained Melkonian.
Forester says cameras or no cameras, he doesn't worry too much about violent crime.
"If I was afraid of it or thinking about it every time the door opens, it could be, but you can't think that way,” said Forester.
You can read up on the ordinance at this link.