Question: The Transit Authority will soon start rigging buses with surveillance cameras and say they eventually will install them in subway stations and then subway cars. What are your thoughts on this?
|"Well, my cousin's a bus driver. It protects the bus driver. Also, on the bus you can get pickpockets, petty theft. If you're not aware that a crime is bring committed against you, I think cameras will be helpful. But, Big Brother is watching everything nowadays."
Cheryl Wills, Queens"Everything has its pros and cons. It's good because activity can be monitored - and the public would be safer. It's not good, because where is the privacy? I think people's safety is more important. Better to be safe than sorry. Plus, it's surveillance in a public place. It's not as though they're coming into your home. You shouldn't be doing anything wrong in a public area"
Arlene McGriff, Canarsie"It sounds like a good idea on paper. It doesn't mean we need less police and transit workers. We need more police and transit workers. A camera can't get you to a hospital if you need medical assistance."
Joan Gordon, Canarsie"Privacy versus security. It's always a trade off. Today, a little more security might be advisable. It's dangerous times we live in. So I guess we need the cameras on buses and trains."
John McKenzie, Staten Island|