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CCTV provides surveillance, not safety

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Britain is heavily under surveillance, with CCTV cameras everyone—very like in the novel 1984, in fact. But although the operators of the cameras enjoy ogling women and prying into private lives, the cameras do nothing for safety. Bruce Schneier explains in the Guardian:

Pervasive security cameras don’t substantially reduce crime. There are exceptions, of course, and that’s what gets the press. Most famously, CCTV cameras helped catch James Bulger’s murderers in 1993. And earlier this year, they helped convict Steve Wright of murdering five women in the Ipswich area. But these are the well-publicised exceptions. Overall, CCTV cameras aren’t very effective.

This fact has been demonstrated again and again: by a comprehensive study for the Home Office in 2005, by several studies in the US, and again with new data announced last month by New Scotland Yard. They actually solve very few crimes, and their deterrent effect is minimal.

Conventional wisdom predicts the opposite. But if that were true, then camera-happy London, with something like 500,000, would be the safest city on the planet. It isn’t, of course, because of technological limitations of cameras, organisational limitations of police and the adaptive abilities of criminals. …

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Written by Leisureguy

28 June 2008 at 10:55 am

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  1. Please don’t just copy our content like this. It means that people don’t come to our site to read the story, so we can’t get advertising, so we can’t pay for good stories, so you don’t have anything to copy.

    More to the point, doing this breaks the law, and we could sue you.

    You’re welcome to include a link to the story, to comment on it, to use short extracts.

    You’re not welcome to copy the whole thing just so you don’t have to bother looking for it on your blog or so you can boost your blog readership.

    Be creative. It will boost your readers, and avoid legal effects.

    Please remove the copied complete text.

    Charles Arthur, editor, Technology Guardian



    29 June 2008 at 3:11 pm

  2. Sure, no problem. See modifications above. Thanks for pointing that out.



    29 June 2008 at 3:41 pm

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