City leaders hoping to add cameras to parking ramps after theft

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Security cameras are looking like an appealing option to deter crime in Waterloo parking ramps for some city leaders after another crime in one this week.

Thieves stole several signs and a clearance bar from the city’s downtown garage on Commercial Street, according to Waterloo Police.

“Other times, they’ll take out a window to get a purse that’s in the car,” Police Chief Daniel Trelka said. “We want to mitigate that.”

The city council approved a plan last month to get cameras around the ramp on East Park Avenue, costing them $64,000. In addition to the cameras, Trelka says they’re also getting some much needed software updates.

This most recent crime has one city councilman thinking about expanding the coverage to all three garages in the city.

“I think all three of them should have them, for security purposes if nothing else,” Councilman Steve Schmitt said. “Those places can get pretty lonesome.”

But Schmitt says that not everyone on the council shares his stance.

“We’ve got a couple council members that seem to be concerned about privacy issues, which I think warrants a conversation,” Schmitt said.

He acknowledges they’ll need to find the money for it, but thinks it should be near the top of the council’s agenda.

“I do think that this is a pretty critical item,” Schmitt said.

DJ Stewart

DJ Stewart

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