Tuesday, 23 February 2010

“Talking CCTV”

The “Surveillance State” currently referred to as Great Britain is home to 1% of the world’s population, and 20% of its CCTV cameras, a figure that shockingly doesn’t seem to bother everyone. I can’t count the amount of times I have heard the phrase “If you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about” being thrown around in debates on the subject.

I find this mentality to be full of ignorance and those who feel that statement is worthy of approval usually possess little knowledge on the subject…

There is little evidence that CCTV deters criminal activity; in fact, there is considerable evidence that it does not. A report by UK Police Chiefs concluded that only 3% of crimes were solved by CCTV, and in London, a Metropolitan Police report indicated that only 1 crime was solved per 1000 cameras. Despite that, some municipalities have gone as far as to install “Talking CCTV” which enables them to communicate with any offenders they spot. Imagine the whole street looking at you as a voice shouts at you through a speaker system, ordering you to relocate your litter to the appropriate bin…

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