Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Store Check for Security Cameras Set

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Store Check for Security Cameras Set

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Next month, a St. Charles police officer will begin to visit the dozen or so convenience stores in the city to determine whether the stores have security cameras that a new city ordinance requires.

The deadline for the cameras is July 1.

In adopting the ordinance last month, the St. Charles City Council explain explained, "In recent years there have been many deaths in convenience stores caused by individuals with criminal intent who have found these businesses very convenient for their purposes. . . ."

Two widely publicized incidents have occurred in and around St. Charles. In February 1989, Kelli Hall, 17, was killed after she was abducted from a service station in St. Charles.

In 1992, a 35-year-old woman was abucted from a convenience store just outside St. Charles and taken to a house in St. Charles, where she was handcuffed and sexually assaulted. The woman got hold of her assailant's revolver and shot him in the heart.

The woman testified before a Missouri legislative committee that security devices in the store would have spared her part of the ordeal. She said, "I would have been robbed, maybe, but not abducted, sexually molested and forced to kill a man."

The City Council said it believed that that video cameras and video recordings can deter "individuals with criminal intent. …

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