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Old Town Bluffton business owners in favor of surveillance cameras

BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

Business owners and residents in Old Town Bluffton said there is a possibility of surveillance cameras going up in the area.

Bluffton Police first introduced the proposal in February, and last week town council voted in favor of the proposal on its first reading, and it looks like the proposal will pass on its second and final reading next month.

Most of the people in Old Town are in favor of the cameras, saying they do feel safe and there's not much crime in the area, but Old Town is growing and that's why they're welcoming the cameras as a way to deter crime.

Bluffton's biggest events are held in the area, drawing crowds in the hundreds, and that's why Bluffton Police has introduced a proposal to install 21 surveillance cameras in the area.

Cameras will be place at Dubois Park, the Oyster Factory Park, Calhoun Street and along May River Road from Bluffton Road to Pin Oak Street.

According to Maj. Joseph Manning, the cameras will help police monitor large events. Police also hopes the cameras deter crime and aid in investigations.

"In today's world, we have to do some things that will keep us safe, whether we like it or not," said Maria Slough, owner of Fishbone Gallery.

Slough has been here for the past three years, and she said there's not much crime here, but with growth sometimes comes trouble, and that's why she supports the police department's proposal.

So does Joy Ross, the owner of Style It Salon.

"It can't hurt," she said. "I don't know about a whole lot of vandalism down here, but as it gets busier, I would think there's no downside to it other than like I said, costing us business owners a lot of money."

It will cost the town about $95,000 for the cameras, electrical boxes and a WiFi channel. The town will use its accommodations-tax revenue to pay for the project.

"If it helps support our community and also helps our police force do their job and keep us safer, that's the most important," said Slough.

Bluffton PD hopes to have the cameras installed by October, the start of festival season in Old Town.

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