Small town turns to cameras to cut crime

Residents weigh pros and cons of video surveillance

By Judy Keen

OTTUMWA, Iowa — As they serve loose-meat sandwiches at Canteen Lunch in the Alley, Debbie Quick and Dixie Buck agree that installing surveillance cameras downtown will help prevent crime and make people feel safer.

"Most businesses are going to appreciate it," says Buck, 64. "If they get a window broken, they'll find out who did it."

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