City council is following through with its promise to install more security cameras in Williams Lake.
During its regular meeting Tuesday, March 21, council unanimously approved the purchase of up to six cameras for a total of $25,000.
The cost was approved in last year’s budget and again in this year’s said Coun. Scott Nelson.
“The program will be run by Dave Dickson, our community safety manager,” Nelson said. “We will be purchasing six cameras a year, spending $25,000 until we have 30 cameras in place.”
Through working with Dickson, Insp. Jeff Pelley said the RCMP are satisfied that the 4K cameras will be of a resolution that is much greater than the current analogue system currently in place.
“It will enhance our investigations should a crime occur in these areas and could be of a potential evidentiary value,” Pelley said.
Purchasing the cameras is another step toward driving down crime in the community, Nelson added.
Mayor Walt Cobb said if the cameras prove to help stop crime, then perhaps there won’t be a need to purchase 30 cameras in the long run.
In the meantime, the city’s budget will continue to have $25,000 set aside for the purchases.