From the beebs:
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.
Bruce Schneider calls this security theater. It makes a good show to be able to show pictures on TV of alleged criminals. We watch it and feel safe: if a criminal is caught on a camera, it wouldn’t be long before he is caught physically as well. Right? Wrong. It seems very reasonable and natural but fact is not obliged to follow our misguided security fancies.
Makes me wonder if the hoodie culture among youth in UK is driven partly by the CCTV madness that pervades the island. CCTV Cameras send a message that everyone is a potential criminal. Don’t they? If this is all about money, it’s a great shame that we allow this to continue as it is.