Mott Haven tenants forced to remove door cameras say they’re already feeling less safe

Tenant Maria Bellechea, who spoke to News 12 less than two weeks ago, says she has reluctantly taken down her Ring doorbell camera and that she’s already feeling more in danger.

Dan Serafin and Adolfo Carrion

May 15, 2024, 9:39 PM

Updated 12 days ago

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Residents in a Mott Haven apartment building were told by the building’s management they had until Wednesday to remove any cameras on their apartment doors - making some feel more fearful about their security.
Tenant Maria Bellechea, who spoke to News 12 less than two weeks ago, says she has reluctantly taken down her Ring doorbell camera and that she’s already feeling more in danger.
Bellechea says that she would have left the camera up if it weren’t for fear of a violation or a fine. She says she’s had a gun pulled on her inside of the building in the past, and that she’s looking into ways to keep that camera up.
News 12 reached out to the director of housing rights from the Bronx Legal Services Tenant Rights Association, who said that residents like Bellechea have options to pursue regarding putting that camera back up.
“Review the lease, see if they're anything that explicitly says you can't have a camera on your door,” said one representative from the association.
Bellechea says she received copies of the lease on Wednesday afternoon to take a closer look at if she’s required to take that camera down for good.
News 12 reached out to the management of the building and is awaiting a response.


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