Sunday, April 08, 2007

You talking to me?

CCTV"The obvious question looms: if surveillance really works, surely Britain ought to be the safest country in the developed world. Yet the last International Crime Victims Survey, which consisted of interviews with 34,000 people in 17 countries in 2000, found that 3.6 per cent of Britons reported being victims of crime in the previous 12 months, second only to Australia. Since then, the number of CCTV cameras has continued to rise, as has violent crime and robbery: the very sort of crimes that tend to take place on streets watched over by CCTV." —Ross Clarke

1 comment:

Nick Bohm said...

Ross Clarke assumes that the purpose of CCTV is to reduce crime. But its true purpose is surely to make the public feel that something is being done about crime, and the statistics he cites don't reveal whether it's a success for that purpose. Compare speed cameras, whose purpose is to make the public feel that something is being done about road safety: they are painted reflective yellow so that they can achieve this purpose without annoying drivers too much.