Friday, June 27, 2008
CCTV Cameras "don't substantially reduce crime"
Bruce Schneier (an American cryptographer, computer security specialist, and writer) has written an excellent article about how CCTV doesn't keep us safe, yet the cameras are everywhere (link via guardian.co.uk) CCTV cameras (and all the other surveillance) is a very hot topic in the UK since we are frequently referred to as 'the most surveilled country' in the world, and yet just last month, it was reported in The Guardian that the CCTV boom has failed to slash crime, say police. As Mr. Schneier points out, if CCTV cameras were a crime deterrent, then camera-happy London, with something like 500,000, would be the safest city on the planet. Indeed. I have made a very similar observation (I usually refer to the UK not just London) and said practically the same words whenever CCTV cameras are being discussed. I'm sure there are many others who have concluded the same thing - and yet we still get more CCTV cameras! The solution to rising crime isn't more CCTV as Mr. Schneier states: The funds spent on CCTV cameras would be far better spent on hiring experienced police officers. Here's the million dollar question though: Does anyone in government listen to the experts*? *Schneier on Security - A blog covering security and security technology.