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The city of London currently has more than 10,000 CCTV cameras, yet they have done little to curb crime. Most can’t even solve a crime after it has occurred, leading many to believe they are completely useless and a huge waste of money. A comparison of the number of cameras in each London borough with the proportion of crimes solved there found that police are no more likely to catch offenders in areas with hundreds of cameras than in those with hardly any. In fact, four out of five of the boroughs with the most […]

New York City is stepping up their surveillance of downtown, including license plate readers and 3,000 public and private cameras. The bad news is that these devices are being sold to the public as a way to prevent terrorism, yet there’s very little evidence that they’re effective in such situations. Who thinks that this type of big brother activity is really a good idea? Have Americans become such pansies that they’re afraid of their own shadows now? Thank God that terrorists are too stupid to have figured out how to copy, fake, or steal plates. […]

The story of the prostitute killings in Ipswich, England is horrible. I think everyone would agree that, even if you are a prostitute, you don’t deserve to die in such a terrible manner. No one deserves to die like that and it is good that the police have arrested a suspect. However, the story also brings about a broader story that I have touched on several times before. The United Kingdom, and a few places in the USA, have touted that CCTV cameras help to prevent crime, despite evidence to the contrary. Many authorities claim […]

Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley wants a surveillance camera on every street by 2016. He claims that his city’s technology is better than that of London and Chicago and will be able to prevent more crimes, but offers no proof. However, there is overwhelming evidence that surveillance cameras do little to deter crime. A 2005 report from the United Kingdom states that surveillance cameras do little to prevent crime. A study funded by the British Home Office reported that the only place surveillance cameras deterred crime was in parking lots. London is littered with video […]

Many people today are starting to warm up to the fact that CCT cameras are going to be part of our lives in the near future. Since 9/11, Americans have given in to the fear that there are terrorists everywhere and no one is safe, not even for a short walk to the corner store for a gallon of milk. The United Kingdom already has CCT cameras in widespread use and Europe is accustomed to the police cameras on highways in their efforts to prevent speeding. Still, even overseas, people are leery of the ever […]

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