An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
A QUESTION about all those store robberies — why is the quality of surveillance videos so poor?
There have been four robberies at downtown stores this month, at least three of which have been recorded on surveillance cameras.
Those videos have been released to the public in hopes they can help with identifying the robbers. They’re so fuzzy they don’t do much more than show the colour of their hoodies.
Lots of ideas are floating around about what to do about armed robberies in the downtown shopping area. There’s the standard stuff about not keeping too much money in the cash register, having good lighting and so on but the quality of video footage doesn’t get mentioned.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.