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Vail to review security camera policy

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Town Council will review its public policy related to use of security cameras in Vail Village at its Tuesday evening meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road. The item is listed seventh on the agenda and public comment will be taken.

Since July 21, 2009, six surveillance cameras have been in use to aid and enhance the enforcement of loading and delivery policies in Vail Village. The cameras are currently being viewed in real-time from monitoring stations at Checkpoint Charlie and the Vail Communications Center. However, no images are being recorded or digitally stored, at the direction of the Town Council.

Over the past few months, nine businesses within Vail Village have been subject to a string of early morning burglaries. Cash has been taken and thousands of dollars in damage has been done by the suspect. These business owners and others are asking the Town Council to revisit the policy established earlier and consider use of the system’s recording device to improve the police department’s ability to prevent and detect public safety emergencies and criminal conduct at no additional cost.

Police Chief Dwight Henninger is recommending modification of the policy to allow seven-day camera recording. He says the tool would help identify and apprehend suspects and would be used as evidence in legal proceedings. –

To give public comments in advance of the meeting, e-mail or call 479-1860 and leave a voicemail.

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