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6.19.21 – (AP) —WAVELAND, Miss. (AP)

A Mississippi coast city is considering installing surveillance cameras on its properties in an effort to decrease crime.

“The thought is the cameras will catch people who vandalize city parks, the lighthouse and other public properties,” Waveland Mayor Mike Smith told WLOX-TV. “Police think the cameras would be an asset for them.”

Smith said that the Waveland Lighthouse and public bathrooms are targets of repeated vandalism, resulting in a financial drain on the city.

The idea has received a mixed reaction from residents and visitors. Some people feel the cameras are a smart move.

“It is a good protection,” tourist Michael Pugh told the television station. “Everyone is against it until it happens to them. Then they will cry for the police and wonder why we are not getting any help.”

Waveland resident Pat Erickson said the increase in violent crime happening in the state has been frightening and she supports any ideas that could deter it from continuing.https://2a1e6d920b656679f14630fc91015cd2.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

“There are too many murders in the towns up and down the coast right now,” she said.