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June 27, 2013

Editorial: Security cameras for Senior Center

The tearing off of a set of “eyelash” decals from a car may seem like a relatively minor act of vandalism.

But it’s also the kind of act that can be intimidating to senior citizens who frequent Gloucester’s Rose Baker Senior Center. And in that vein, city officials should indeed take a look at placing at least one of the Gloucester Police Department’s security cameras on the outside of the center as a safety measure.

Yes, the immediate area around the center may be seen as safe. But it’s also frankly within a few stones throws of areas that draw frequent police calls. And, most importantly, the Senior Center is frequented by folks in perhaps the most vulnerable demographic.

Indeed, while Senior Center Board member Lee Harty, the victim in the car decal vandalism, and the woman pushing for security camera coverage, acknowledged that “something like this doesn’t happen that often,” she also noted that “it’s very upsetting” when it does. And that’s understandable.

There’s no perfect solution for securing public safety. But adding security cameras outside the Rose Baker Center should help our seniors feel a little bit more confident and secure. That’s worth consideration.

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