Unionville, N.Y., a village of 600 on the New Jersey border, allows the public to access on its public surveillance cameras, says the Times Herald-Record in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Village trustee Andrea Randolph, who has home access to the video cameras, says the village park is a magnet for late-night mischief. “Now we don’t have to go out there and risk our safety; we can call the police,” she says.
Linda Berns of the New York Civil Liberties Union says legal restrictions on recording and keeping surveillance tapes are compromised once private citizens have access. “There’s no way to force them to destroy a tape,” Berns says. “I think it’s going a little too far in this case.” Randolph says no one in the village has complained about the setup. Says one resident: “Nosy neighbors make the best neighbors.”