- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Davenport officials are looking to install surveillance cameras around the city’s cemetery as part of an effort to curb vandalism there.

Would-be vandals might have second thoughts if they knew they were being watched, Davenport Alderman Ray Ambrose told the Quad-City Times (https://bit.ly/24oZgmx ).

Ambrose was responding to the latest instance of vandalism at City Cemetery that occurred sometime between the conclusion of a Memorial Day weekend open house and Thursday morning.

At least six tombstones were knocked off their bases and one was broken, resulting in an estimated $1,600 in damage.

Interim senior parks manager Betsy Tubbs said that in mid-April, 21 tombstones were toppled or broken, resulting in an estimated $4,840 in damage.

The cemetery cameras would be part of a citywide effort to hinder criminal activity using surveillance video at trouble spots.

City staff and aldermen will work together this summer to pick areas they think are most in need of cameras.

“I can think of many places that would benefit,” Ambrose said. “Not only parks, but neighborhoods.”

His ward in the area of Washington Street, south of Locust, benefited from cameras several years ago, he said, but now that technology has become dated and less effective.

Ambrose said he thinks the cost would be reasonable.

“You can get cameras and recording equipment for a couple hundred bucks,” he said.

City Cemetery probably could use two to four, Ambrose said.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com


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