Houston & Peach

Perry Council looks at camera ordinance

PERRY — The Perry City Council conducted the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday evening that would place more restrictions on businesses that use security equipment.

As previously written, businesses were only required to have their cameras operate from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. The amendment calls for security cameras to be functioning at all times.

The changes also call for footage to be maintained and available on a storage device for a minimum of 14 days.

Furthermore, all establishments that sell packaged-to-go alcohol must have a video security system regardless of the number of employees.

The ordinance came about because Public Safety Director George Potter spoke of the difficulty in solving crimes at the establishments because of poor security system maintenance.

The City Council will have it second reading and vote on the issue at its next meeting.