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Letters: Traffic cam ban in Richmond favours the criminal few

A Richmond News reader is angry about the continuing ban on identifying license plates on city cameras to catch suspected criminals
Traffic video cameras
Traffic video cameras are installed at 110 intersections in Richmond.

Dear Editor,

Richmond council challenges privacy commissioner’s ruling on traffic cameras,”, Sept. 14.

When is a camera not a camera? Richmond councillors were asking that very question on Sept 12 at their most recent safety meeting.

It seems dash cams and home doorbell cameras are completely legal to be used as evidence in court for criminal activities.

But traffic cameras around the city are not to be used at any time to help identify criminals or their vehicles except unless you happen to do the heinous crime of running a red light, then you are fair game to be identified.

The BC privacy commissioner, in their wisdom, say that the police cannot use those very same red-light cameras to identify child abductors or ongoing murder suspects.

Once again, the rights of the few outweigh the safety of the masses. Time for the provincial government to make some legislative changes.

Andrew Tablotney


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