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Aberdeen, Md., Passes Law to Require Surveillance Cameras in Some Commercial Developments

Hoping to deter crime by expanding the use of surveillance cameras, Aberdeen passed a measure that empowers the city government and police to require cameras in new developments. The Police Department, the Department of Planning and Community Development, and the Department of Public Works will decide whether a new residential, commercial or industrial development must install cameras at "strategic locations" before a development permit is issued. But the ordinance does not spell out guidelines for determining whether a new development will be required to have cameras, which concerned the lone dissenter on the council vote, Ruth Elliott. "We have no internal procedures or policies on this," Elliott said. "It is vague, and you can read in between the lines."

City passes camera law, Baltimore Sun, October 7, 2007.