Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Poll Shows Strong Support for Public Surveillance

CHICAGO, Feb 17, 2006 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Chicagoans strongly support the installation of security cameras that monitor streets, sidewalks and other public places, according to a new Chicago Tribune / WGN-TV poll released today. The poll revealed that eight out of 10 are in favor of the effort as a means of combating crime.

Currently, a few thousand surveillance cameras are used by the city, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Housing Authority and other local agencies. Late last month, Mayor Richard Daley endorsed a plan that would add Chicago businesses to that list in spite of opposition from business groups.

The survey also found that 58 percent of respondents supported proposals that would mandate security cameras for thousands of businesses open at least 12 hours a day.

The telephone poll of 700 Chicago registered voters was conducted Friday, February 10, 2006 through Monday, February 13, 2006. The potential margin of error for a sample this size is +/- 4 percent.

For full poll results and to read more about public opinion surrounding surveillance cameras, pick up Friday's Chicago Tribune and go online at http://www.chicagotribune.com .

Chicago Tribune Company publishes the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper with daily readership of nearly 2 million and nearly 3 million on Sunday. Together with other media businesses it operates -- including chicagotribune.com , RedEye, Hoy and Chicago Magazine -- Chicago Tribune Company reaches approximately 60 percent of adults in Chicagoland every week.

Chicago Tribune is the founding publication of Tribune Company (TRB), one of the country's leading media companies with businesses in broadcasting, publishing and on the Internet.

SOURCE Chicago Tribune

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