City Before the City Council Okays Nickels Putting Cameras Everywhere
posted by May 5 at 18:17 PMon
They might want to read this.
Massive investment in CCTV cameras to prevent crime in the UK has failed to have a significant impact, despite billions of pounds spent on the new technology, a senior police officer piloting a new database has warned. Only 3% of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV images, despite the fact that Britain has more security cameras than any other country in Europe.
And why aren’t those CCTV cameras preventing crime? Well, again, just 3% of street crimes are solved by CCTV, and Brits inclined toward street criminality are aware of just how ineffectual the cameras are. “There’s no fear of CCTV,” the Guardian quotes a police inspector as saying. “Why don’t people fear it? [They think] the cameras are not working.” And they think that, of course, because they’re not.
Here’s Erica C. Barnett on the surveillance cameras Nickels has already installed. The UK’s ineffectual, not-feared CCTV system is constantly monitored. It’s hard to imagine that Seattle’s spycams will be anymore effective, seeing they aren’t monitored at all. (The police, reports ECB, “would view the footage only when citizens report a crime.”)
Sounds like money wasted. Hire some more cops instead, please.