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Chippewa Falls exploring law to require cameras in bars

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A coaster could come with a close-up the next time you visit a bar in Chippewa falls.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department is proposing an ordinance that would require all bars in the city to have working surveillance cameras.

The city already requires that stores that sell alcohol have working cameras and this would extend that mandate to bars.

Police say it would make investigating incidents at bars easier.

“I've been involved myself in investigations at taverns whether it be a fight or a theft or some type of an incident where video footage would have been extremely helpful should it have been available,” said detective Robert Tuetenburg. “It can help us not spend so much time looking for the person who did it but to have them caught on camera."

The Lodge in Chippewa Falls says it already has surveillance system in place, but doesn't think a city wide ordinance is needed.

"I don't think it's necessary for the city to go to that length,” said banquet manager Heidi Moleumby. “I think that the bar owners themselves should consider it but I don't think it's something the city should enforce”

The cost of installing a surveillance system would fall on the bar owner. Details of the ordinance still have to be worked out and the city council has yet to weigh in.

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