City of Montreal looking into putting in more video surveillance cameras

There are already over 2200 city of Montreal video surveillance cameras watching you.

And there could be more on the way.

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre has ordered an ad hoc committee to look into possibly setting up more cameras or even just moving around existing ones.

The issue comes on the heels of reports of increased violence in the Gay Village.

Montreal's police chief gave a presentation on video surveillance in the city at this morning's meeting of the executive committee.

Currently, there are about 20 police surveillance cameras, many of them on Ste Catherine St., 1200 cameras used in the metro and city buses, and 1000 cameras at city subsidized housing.

Coderre said he's in favour of more cameras but he wants to be sure they do this the right way, adding that they can find the funding if needed.

"We need kind of a balanced approach to openness and vigilance," Coderre told reporters.

"We have to make sure we are protecting the civil rights and the individuals, their private life. At the same time, we have some good examples that it shows clearly that because of those cameras that already exist that it lowers the rate of criminality."

Coderre also wants input from the public, be it at borough council or city council meetings.

A report from the committee is expected in the spring.

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