Amid crime wave, North Bend mulls public surveillance cameras

NORTH BEND, Wash. -- After a wave of bizarre and scary crimes in North Bend, city leaders are considering installing surveillance cameras on the streets.

As you might imagine, the idea is already stirring up a lot of controversy.

"If you can look into people's houses and things like that, that would be invading people's privacy," said resident Chris Hammond.

But we found many like Len Snyder who say put up as many cameras as you can -- whether it violates privacy or not.

"Basically that's too bad -- the way I look at it, for crime it's the best thing," Snyder said.

Once a quiet town, in recent weeks crime's shot-up in North Bend like never before -- many drug-related crimes.

In April, heroin users turned the bathrooms at the North Bend library into shooting galleries -- needles and residue piled in the stalls. And just this month, investigators say a homeowner, forced to defend herself and her husband, stabbed an intruder to death inside their home.

North Bend's mayor, city administrator and police chief introduced the idea of surveillance cameras to many residents at an emergency crime meeting Thursday night. City councilors are also kicking around the idea of installing them in public places -- maybe on the main strip or perhaps city parks.

But, the city says they want input from residents before drafting any proposal. In the meantime, they are spending more money to pay for more patrols.