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City Council approves 34 security cameras for APEC summit

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:24 p.m. HST, Oct 05, 2011

Star-AdvertiserHonolulu police want additional video security cameras installed at various sites on Oahu during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings to augment cameras already in place.

The City Council has given final approval to the installation of 34 security cameras across key sections of Oahu in preparation for the arrival of 21 world leaders and their entourages for this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative summit in Waikiki in November.

Council members voted 8-1 today to approve the use of the cameras. Councilman Nestor Garcia cast the lone ‘no’ vote, saying he was concerned about the chilling effect that the cameras could have on free speech of would-be protestors.

Police officials said the cameras are not intended to discourage public protests.

Honolulu police said the cameras will be used to manage traffic, supplement security measures and provide greater awareness of situations on the ground.

The new cameras will augment 26 existing security cameras in Chinatown and six in Waikiki.

After the APEC summit, all but four of the cameras are to be turned over to the city Department of Transportation Services and will be used primarily for traffic monitoring.

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what wrote:
Are taxpayers also going to have to pay for people to sit and watch the video? How much is that going to cost?
on October 5,2011 | 01:29PM
bikemom wrote:
Yes. That cost was provided at one of the committee meetings.
on October 5,2011 | 04:03PM
honopic wrote:
...."will be used primarily for traffic monitoring." Sure they will. What about secondarily?
on October 5,2011 | 02:29PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If the City has not decided so, maybe they can keep the Security Cameras there and monitor the situations of our citizenry throughout the years to come, amid heightened fears of criminal activity.
on October 5,2011 | 03:57PM
bikemom wrote:
Just wondering -- do you mind it if someone (HPD or volunteers) watches you and records your movements?
on October 5,2011 | 04:05PM
inverse wrote:
I have no problem being videorecorded on a public sidewalk or driving in my car on the street. What expectation of privacy do you expect on PUBLIC sidewalks and streets? The only people who have to worry and complaining are ACLU lawyers, Nestor Garcia, criminals and people who are up to no good in public areas. And on the road only drivers who speed, run red lights, don't stop at stop signs, use a cell phone while driving, etc have a problem with these cameras. Now if gov't is going to put video camreas in bathrooms or bedrooms, that is a whole different story.
on October 5,2011 | 06:14PM
Ambergris23 wrote:
I'd actually feel safer w/ the security cameras monitoring activity in certain areas.
on October 5,2011 | 08:21PM
bikemom wrote:
I don't think it's a matter of worrying about it. I just don't like the feeling of being watched.
on October 5,2011 | 09:46PM
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