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UK Study: Surveillance Cameras Not Much More Effective Than Street Lights

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posted on Sep, 21 2007 @ 02:47 PM
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UK Study: Surveillance Cameras Not Much More Effective Than Street Lights


www.switched.com

Statistics obtained by the British Liberal Democrats Party through the Freedom of Information Act show that even with over 10,000 cameras in various London boroughs, 80 percent of all crimes still go unsolved.

After 10 years and £200 million of tax payer money, groups like the criminal justice charity Narco are questioning whether the money would have been better spent on more street lights, which can cut crime by up to 20 percent.
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posted on Sep, 21 2007 @ 02:47 PM
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I had the feeling that they weren't that much effective, but never knew that they were that bad.

The only thing they are really good for is following someone after they have already been "tagged", but by that point they would most likely have had to already committed a crime.

www.switched.com
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posted on Sep, 21 2007 @ 03:11 PM
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The cameras have made a huge difference here in Chicago. The traffic
cameras which generate automatic tickets have reduced violations and
the cameras with big blue flashing lights have reduced crime in the
neighborhoods. They're working great here. I have nothing to hide,
so the privacy issue isn't a personal concern. It's all about increased
family safety while walking, driving, shopping, etc. Can't argue with that.



posted on Sep, 21 2007 @ 03:15 PM
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That's because they were probably never meant to reduce crime. That was just the cover story.



posted on Sep, 21 2007 @ 03:33 PM
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Odd there is no mention of what the solved crime rates were prior to the installation of camers. The piece reads more like an advert for street lights then solving crime. In order to be an effecti e study they should have before and after figures whcih does not apppear to be the case.

From our experience here after it was annnounced they were installling cameras in certain areas they claimed there was a reduction in Crime which makes me question this study.



[edit on 9/21/2007 by shots]



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