New ordinance requires high-risk businesses to operate a video surveillance system

FILE – In this March 4, 2020 file photo, a security camera is shown on the second floor of a row of rooms at a motel in Kent, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson says high-risk business owners in Dekalb County will soon be required to operate a video surveillance system.

On Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Cochran-Johnson defined high-risk businesses as a business that has required police interference within 30 days.

She further said that some of the greatest incidents of crime have taken place at service stations in DeKalb County and that owners owe their patrons a safe environment.

Cochran-Johnson, who introduced Video Surveillance Ordinance, further talked about the guidelines for the ordinance which goes into effect in late April.

“It was bigger than creating an ordinance,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson.  “It was creating an environment where the footage actually becomes an asset to our police officers.”