Are More Security Cameras Needed in Palos Heights?
Remodeling at a Harlem Avenue building is underway for a new 7-Eleven. During approval of a liquor license for the convenience store, alderman raised concerns about safety.
Another well-known convenience shop is expected to pop up in Palos Heights soon.
A new 7-Eleven location near Harlem and College avenues, which is currently under construction, will be open 24 hours a day. Last month, the City Council approved a liquor license for the well-known convenience store.
"I have no problem with the liquor license but I'm concerned about young girls ... being alone at the wee hours of the morning," said Alderman Jack Clifford.
All stores have alarms and are equipped with panic buttons and security cameras, according to 7-Eleven representatives who spoke to the council.
Alderman Robert Basso referenced his fondness for reality police shows that feature recordings of crimes and criminals.
"We don't require surveillance cameras on the exterior of buildings in Palos Heights," Basso said. "It seems like many of those violent offenders are recorded on video tape on the exterior of a building, where their vehicles are.
"Horrendous crimes" in nearby communities were not recorded because of a lack of cameras, he continued.
"It would be our benefit to investigate such a requirement," Basso said.
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