Vicksburg executives reverse decision on security camera ordinance
Vicksburg, Miss. (WJTV) — Vicksburg leaders have stepped back from an ordinance that would require cameras outside businesses and malls in order to tackle crime in the city.
“I think cameras are another tool to prevent and help prevent, and at the same time reduce, crime in a city. What we want in Vicksburg is law and order, and we will do anything what is in our power to obtain it,” said Mayor George Flaggs.
In August 2021, the mayor and council of aldermen passed a “Building and Parking Lot Safety Ordinance,” which required all businesses and malls in Vicksburg with 25 or more parking spaces or buildings to 2000 square feet or more to install cameras in buildings surrounding or facing the parking lot. Cameras were also needed at entrances and exits.
“I have access to all the cameras in the city of Vicksburg. I can see a crime, or I can see an employee doing something that shouldn’t be done, and I can immediately get that department’s attention. Every camera in Vicksburg is posted right there,” Flaggs said.
On Monday, the council amended the order to replace the phrase that makes cameras mandatory due to economic hardship. However, the council still encourages businesses to have cameras.
The mayor pushes a proposal to the IT department for the city to buy 50 more security cameras. If purchased, these cameras would be placed in areas with high volume of 911 phone calls.