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Picard's Bill For Night Deposit Box Cameras Passes Senate

Measure follows 2010 murder of David Main outside Diamond Hill Road Citizen's Bank.

 

The RI Senate approved a bill Tuesday sponsored by Sen. Roger A. Picard (D-Woonsocket, Cumberland) requiring security cameras at bank night deposit boxes.

According to a release from the senator's office, bill 2012-S 2072 would require all financial institutions and credit unions in the state to install and maintain cameras that record their night deposit areas.

“This is a relatively simple measure that can be taken to help protect people who have to make after-hours deposits,” said Picard, “Those boxes are frequently used by managers of businesses who have to make large deposits, and any banks that haven’t already placed security cameras there to help protect them should do so.”

The need for the law was brought to Picard’s attention after Main, 49, was robbed and fatally shot on his way into a Citizen’s Bank branch on Diamond Hill Road, in September 2010. Main was the manager of a Shell gas station and was on his way to make a deposit from that business.

The man charged with Main's murder, Jason Pleau, is the now subject of a struggle between federal authorities and Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who has declined to relinquish Pleau from state to federal custody, since he could face the death penalty under federal law.

“While security cameras won’t stop all criminals, they will discourage some by increasing the likelihood they’ll be identified and convicted,” Picard said.

The bill will now go to the House of Representatives, where Rep. Donald J. Lally (D-Dist. 33, Narragansett, South Kingstown, North Kingstown) is sponsoring identical legislation (2012-H 7587).

jde April 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Like everyone else in our community, of course I mourn the senseless murder of Mr Main, but it seems like this should be a common sense thing for banks. It really doesn't seem like a bill is necessary. And in regard to Govstench's post above, yes, banks are licensed and regulated by the US Comptroller of Currency. Credit Unions don't have all of the same oversights, but I would think that there is a federal office that deals with them, too. Though in both cases, this may not be something that the feds would get involved with.
Tommy Tutone April 27, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Watch Picard vote his paycheck and pension when it's time to vote on the supplemental.
Roger Harris April 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I thank God for Sen. Picard and Rep.Lally for their willingness to take action after the senseless murder of Main.
Tommy Tutone April 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Picard's useless,he's done nothing for the city since the economy crashed.I'm not surprised he gets re-elected though,it's a testament to the voters of Woonsocket.
woodog April 28, 2012 at 02:14 AM
More legislation? How will these cameras discourage criminals? The death penalty doesn't !! Who do you think will end up paying for these new cameras? It will trickle right down to the customers. More fees...the beat goes on. Tax and spend and create more fees.

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