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1,000 CCTV cameras 'solve one crime'

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posted on Aug, 24 2009 @ 12:33 PM
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Only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city's surveillance network has claimed.

The internal police report found the million-plus cameras in London rarely help catch criminals.

In one month CCTV helped capture just eight out of 269 suspected robbers.

David Davis MP, the former shadow home secretary, said: "It should provoke a long overdue rethink on where the crime prevention budget is being spent."

He added: "CCTV leads to massive expense and minimum effectiveness.

"It creates a huge intrusion on privacy, yet provides little or no improvement in security.
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How many people are they keeping employed to monitor and maintain the 1000 cameras and is stopping one crime worth all the expense?

I found this amusing




posted on Aug, 24 2009 @ 01:09 PM
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Did the study also look into how many crimes might have been prevented by the presence of the cameras?

As for the horrible invasion of privacy, I don't buy it. When you're out in the public, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Anyone can photograph you. Everyone's got cell phones now anyway. So where's the intrusion? You still couldn't walk around with your naughty bits hanging out, even if there were no cameras, since there are people around.



posted on Aug, 24 2009 @ 01:15 PM
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Are these cameras obvious or hidden?

I thinkt hat is difference.



posted on Aug, 24 2009 @ 01:16 PM
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Originally posted by chiron613
Did the study also look into how many crimes might have been prevented by the presence of the cameras?

As for the horrible invasion of privacy, I don't buy it. When you're out in the public, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Anyone can photograph you. Everyone's got cell phones now anyway. So where's the intrusion? You still couldn't walk around with your naughty bits hanging out, even if there were no cameras, since there are people around.


thats not the point...WE are not the enemy..but we are treated as such.

put the cameras and mics in the private meeting rooms at westminster and in the city...THAT would be money well spent.



posted on Aug, 24 2009 @ 01:23 PM
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Public CCTV Cameras have historically rarely solved crimes, they have only been a deterrent to crime. However, when it becomes common public knowledge how ineffective they are in solving crimes, they no longer act as a deterrent.

Case in point, a City spends $2.4 million to install Traffic Cameras partly paid by a Federal Grant after the Patriot Act was enacted. Traffic Violations at those intersections drop remarkably. Then, it becomes public knowledge that the City can't afford the processing of the footage and although they are operational, they haven't been monitored for over 6 months, Traffic Violations at those intersections not only return to previous levels, but begin to sky-rocket.

This is precisely why Violation of Privacy should never be sacrificed for the illusion of Public Safety ever!

The ends never justify the means, and oftentimes the means, when proved ineffectual, have the opposite end effect that was used to justify them in the first place.



posted on Aug, 24 2009 @ 01:39 PM
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Originally posted by chiron613
Did the study also look into how many crimes might have been prevented by the presence of the cameras?

As for the horrible invasion of privacy, I don't buy it. When you're out in the public, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Anyone can photograph you. Everyone's got cell phones now anyway. So where's the intrusion? You still couldn't walk around with your naughty bits hanging out, even if there were no cameras, since there are people around.


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New York pop: about 8 mil (july 2007)
London pop: about 7 mil (july 2007)

London crime rates are 7 times higher



posted on Aug, 24 2009 @ 09:06 PM
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This just proves how useless these cameras can be and how big of a privacy invasion it is.

When will they learn???



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