Readers' letter: Install surveillance cameras, yes, but not at any cost ...

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I am a trader based in Marigot and your article published this Thursday, November 19 concerning security in shops made me jump when the commander of the gendarmerie, Mr. Stephan Basso advised traders to protect themselves to install surveillance cameras in their stores.

Since Hurricane IRMA passed, I installed 2 surveillance cameras, one directed towards the cash register and the other towards the front door. To my great surprise, I was the victim of a complaint filed by a neighboring merchant, very ill-intentioned who thought he was being spied on by my cameras ...

Two Gendarmes came to my business and saw that no camera was spying on anyone.

Despite this, I was summoned to the gendarmerie to take fingerprints and record a statement. Fortunately for me, the complaint was dismissed!

I take the opportunity to clarify that according to the law, all surveillance systems must be the subject of a request  authorization in the Prefecture and the installation in the trade of posters specifying that the establishment is under video surveillance.

I will therefore carefully keep this article which gives tacit authorization to traders to equip themselves with a video system and advises other traders to do the same so as not to experience the same mishap that happened to me.

Also wishing you not to have the same neighbors ...

_Gerard Lazeras, Artisan Chocolatier in Marigot

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