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Effectiveness of CCTV
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Effectiveness of CCTV
Super-CCTV will save the day???
'CCTV is a wonderful technological supplement to the police...cctv catches criminals. It spots crimes, identifies law breakers and helps convict the guilty. The innocent have nothing to fear...' (Former Home Sec Michael Howard 1995 cited in the Guardian 21/9/95)
According to Home office research the public are keen too. Only 6% are worried about it (Honess & Charman 1992)
'Closed circuit cameras have proved that they can work, so we need more of them when crime is high...I have no doubt we will hear some protest about a threat to civil liberties. Well I have no sympathy whatsoever for so-called liberties of that kind' (Former PM John Major cited in Groombridge and Murji 1994 p283)
The 24 hour bobby on the beat!
Police officer talking about the system in Newcastle on Tyne in Police Review:
[CCTV cameras] have tremendous potential to reduce and deter crime, to monitor football crowds, traffic problems and disorder, and are the equivalent of having an extra 16 bobbies on the beat around the clock, every day of the year...But they will never need a day off, meal
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