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Controversy over surveillance cameras in Carlisle

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The Downtown Carlisle Association and Carlisle Borough are continuing their anti-crime efforts by installing surveillance cameras in participating downtown businesses.

DCA has three Dropcam Pro video monitoring cameras with a year's worth of cloud-based recording through a sponsorship with Goodman-Birtcher.

"It is not really about recording the people that are following the law. It is about really trying to look at the people who have the arrogance to be lawless in our neighborhoods," said Glenn White, executive director of Downtown Carlisle Association.

The cameras cost $199 each and then $99 each for the cloud recording. The video is kept for one week.

"A lot of store owners kind of feel that they need a little more video surveillance to make themselves feel safe," White said. "We are looking at getting 10 of these cameras out before the end of the year.

"Some of them might be more promotional, that might be on our website, but I think a majority will be more secretive. Only ourselves and the cops will know where these cameras are located."

One downtown Carlisle business owner expressed some concern over DCA's announcement.

'I do not have an issue with the actual security cameras. My particular issue was the funding coming from Goodman Birtcher, which is the controversial warehouse developer," said Stephanie Patterson Gilbert, owner of Georgie Lou's Retro Candy & Gifts.

The California-based company has proposed building a three-million square-foot warehouse that required zoning changes in Carlisle and Dickinson Township. The final plan for the warehouse, which would bring additional truck traffic to the proposed facility near Exit 44 on Interstate 81, has not been approved.

"I think maybe we would have been smarter to wait until everything is decided and the borough is pleased with the plan," said Patterson Gilbert.

The first three cameras will be up in a few weeks. DCA did not want to disclose where they would be placed.

Downtown Carlisle businesses who would like to use a camera can contact the DCA at 717-245-2648.

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