So apparently nobody really cares but I'd like to follow up on this post with some more information. What I find most puzzling is the lack of
criticism this "initiative" has received especially in the 20+ safecity communities. As stated above, I am unaware of this "initiative's"
Headquarter location but since it's Target's baby, its probably located in the Target corporate office at
1000 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
I'm not surprised this locale in downtown Minneapolis coincides with a Multi-Million dollar Safecity "initiative" installation. Crime in this area
has been markedly reduced but
I've seen released CCTV video of downtown Minneapolis crimes (used in court cases) and its a bit frightening to see the integrated ability of the
network to follow and zoom-in on a suspect.
According to the Corporate Partners Page of the Safecity site and within the Corporate "expectations document" pdf, Target seems to have dictatorial
powers in this "initiative"
with the final say on:
" – Community selection or approval**
Community selections will be reviewed with all corporate partners on an
– Program and project management
Presentations, collateral, timelines, problem solving, event planning
Safe City Web site, national press releases, national conferences"
The ability of Target Corp. to decide which communities will become "Safecities" might indicate a conflict of interest. This claim is evidenced by
the fact that ALL, repeat ALL current "Safecity communities" have one or more Target Stores.
I guess these communities can be grateful for their local Corp. giving back to the community. So the next you time you're being monitored by their
CCTVs, or ALPRs you can send them a courteous salutation of thanks- five fingers or one.
A nice "NEW!" addition to the Safecity site is the "Safe City Crime Prevention
they're quite humorous, take for example the "Preventing Public Disorder" handbook pdf. which offers these methods in curbing "Individuals
Looking for Work (day laborers)"----
• Establish and promote policies and sanctions regarding acceptable
public behavior among day laborers, such as littering or public
• Modify landscaping to improve surveillance or dissuade individuals
• Install call-out only public telephones or remove phones all together
• Improve lighting in parking lot and building exterior
Now I'm not trying to blow the off some massive Big Brother-Corporate conspiracy but would like to hear some thoughts/concerns of this "community
It also provides those who worry about police state stuff explanations on the cameras in their local safecity-community.