There’s no denying that surveillance footage helped police crack the case of missing 8-year-old Brooklyn boy Leiby Kletzky, ultimately leading to the grisly discovery of his mutilated body and the arrest of the sicko-asshole that killed him.
However, evidence has shown that security cams aren’t a crime prevention tool and only come in handy after the fact. But that’s not stopping two politicians from claiming that it will and introducing a bill that would offer $500 tax credits to property people willing to install surveillance equipment on their property.
“This legislation could literally save lives,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind. “If there had been even more cameras along the route that Leiby took when he got lost on his way home from day camp, perhaps we might have been able to find him sooner.”
Perhaps, but not likely. A human style LoJack system might provide full protection, but I don’t see anyone proposing we install microchips in children, like some pet owners do with their cats and dogs.
Senator Diane Savino also offered up some misleading assurances: ï¿½As we search for answers to this horrific tragedy, perhaps this bill will encourage property owners to have cameras that will assist the police and just maybe serve as a deterrent to the evil that sometimes lurks within our otherwise safe communities.ï¿½
The operative word here being “just maybe.”