Byron City Council is considering a new ordinance that would require businesses that sell alcohol to go to have security cameras inside the store.
The city council heard the first draft on Monday night and they could vote on it at the next council meeting.
Mayor Larry Collins of Byron said that this ordinance would not only help law enforcement, but it could be a preventive measure.
"This ordinance will require them to have a system that gives a good image, you can buy all kinds of systems for 40 or 50 dollars out there that do all kind of things," said Collins. "But a really good security system that's capable of producing a series of images."
Collins said city council understands concerns about costs
"We are concerned about the cost of this and obviously that's one of the controls that merchants today have to deal with the cost of providing things, but we don't think it will be prohibitive," said Collins.
Byron Police Chief, Wesley Cannon, said he agrees that security cameras would help law enforcement.
"There's been several incidents over the years where a few of the retail businesses didn't have cameras, one in particular was armed robbery," said Cannon. "It's frustrating when yes you work off witness statements and witness testimonies but when you can get a photograph of a person that's committed a crime, I mean that is, that's a bounty of information."
13WMAZ went to the Raceway off of Peach Parkway in Byron. They already have an eight camera security system that was installed a few years ago. His system also allows him to watch his cameras from his phone
Andy Kim, the owner said, it was well worth it for him to get security cameras for his store.
"Peace of mind that I can go anywhere around the world and be able to log onto my smart phone and I can watch my store 24/7," said Kim.
Collins said they will be working on some of the details of the ordinance including how many cameras would be required for business, and where they should be in the store.