With a $20,000 pledge at Monday night’s council meeting, city councilor unanimously gave a huge boost to a Marshall County Crime Stoppers request to install security cameras at locations in town.

The pledge was in response to two recently CrimeStoppers presentations emphasizing the need of installing cameras to deter crime, and identify perpetrators.

MCCS director and Times-Republican Publisher/GM Mike Schlesinger said the cameras would be for security only — and not traffic enforcement.

He additionally promised only law enforcement would have access to data.

Schlesinger said the local plan is modeled after Dubuque’s successful initiative.

Dubuque started with a basic system, and due to its popularity, has expanded significantly.

Schlesinger proposed a local public-private partnership to pay for the local system. The city would pay one-third, Marshall County one-third, and CrimeStoppers one-third.

The cost is approximately $58,000.

The city council pledge is contingent upon CrimeStoppers receiving funding from the Marshall County Board of Supervisors and formally committing MCCS funds.

During its short tenure, MCCS has proved to be a powerful crime-fighter, with anonymous tips resulting in several arrests of high-profile crimes.

Courtesy Marshalltown Times-Republican


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