posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 11:57 AM
reply to post by Wolf321
Regarding crime, I had a friend say to me "Screw Big Brother, we need cameras in San Francisco like they have in London" (This friend is a 911
operator in SF visiting me in Florida).
We were driving in my car and I pointed up to the intersection in my neighborhood and the four cameras that seemingly have no purpose. Starting in
2008 here in Florida, I noticed a wave of bucket-trucks installing loads of cameras. I noticed them first at the major (three-lane each direction)
intersections. Then on the two-lanes. And finally, they appeared on little, insignificant intersections, such as within my neighborhood. We're
talking intersections with 1 lane each direction, speedbumps yards before and after on the cross-street, a crossing guard in the afternoons standing
on the corner waving at you.
This is an intersection that is flanked by one house with ficus bushes on the southwest, a two-story 4-plex on the southeast, a duplex on the
northeast and another hedge-lined house on the northwest. We're talking 35 mph on the main artery from east to west and 25mph on the north-south road
through the neighborhood. It's not some crack-infested area. It's not an intersection with high-rate of accidents. I couldn't tell you the last
time I saw an accident there in 25 years. No pedestrians killed. Nothing.
Why do cameras need to be in this little area?
They are aimed AT on-coming traffic, so they are not like the red-light cameras that I remember from Phoenix, AZ - aimed at your license plate and
If they are meant to change the light, i.e., a motion detection camera, then why do I still sit unnecessarily at this light while it stays green for
over a min for absolutely no one, having changed to green for absolutely no one?
I'm not trying to be paranoid, I just want to know why my neighbors yard is clearly available to one of these city cameras. What are they for? How
can they be justified (i.e., the tax payer money spent on them).