WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
The carryout business in Toledo has been in the news lately. Police and City Council members believe many of the carryouts are hotbeds for drug deals and other crimes. So City Council passed a law in December that requires owners of the carryouts to install surveillance cameras inside and outside the building.
Some of the owners are challenging this ordinance. Basically, they think it is discriminatory to force them to spend the money on the cameras. The owners also think it is unfair to make them responsible for policing the areas around the stores.
The cops think the cameras are an excellent tool to discourage crime. The camera footage is a real plus when it comes to identifying suspects should a crime occur. And the crooks know the cameras are rolling.
Although many of the carryout owners are of Middle Eastern descent, I don't think that has anything to do with this law.
It's very simple. The cops are right. Put up the cameras, cut down the crimes in the area, make it safer for customers. It's a good law that has been effective elsewhere.