When you're in a public space, you're in the eye of the public. So what's the difference in being watched by a closed circuit TV camera? Even if you were caught picking your nose the police aren't going to arrest you for that and no surveillance officer is going put it on national television.
Do you want to ensure your safety in public? We can make that possible, along with protecting your property, and preventing crimes, with surveillance cameras. Surveillance cameras are very helpful in today's world.
I think we should have surveillance cameras in public places because they ensure public safety. Rarely will anyone attempt to harm you when they know their actions are being recorded on camera. Cameras keep you and your personal property safe. The police can identify criminals recorded with cameras. Through surveillance cameras, the police can both prevent crimes from happening and can quickly solve criminal cases with material evidence.
In addition, surveillance cameras protect against property theft, and vandalism. It is very difficult to get away with stealing something if there are cameras filming you. Surveillance cameras protect personal property.
Furthermore, surveillance cameras prevent crime. No one will want to attempt a crime. The cameras record almost everything on tape. Therefore, the thief will often get caught. Surveillance cameras will catch the thief before, or during the process of committing the crime. If no one is aware of the crime until after it has been committed, the surveillance footage is always a crucial piece of evidence during a police investigation. Surveillance cameras have, and will prevent many crimes.
Some people may say that we should not have surveillance cameras in public places. They claim that they invade privacy. That is false. Why be out in public if you want privacy? Just stay at home. Surveillance cameras are meant to keep you and other property safe, not to stalk you.
We should have surveillance cameras in public places. People that do not agree, should not go out in public. Cameras are there not to invade a person's privacy but to protect the public by deterring criminal activity and by providing material evidence when a crime has been caught on film. That is why we should have surveillance cameras in public places.
Having video surveillance cameras placed in public places is a good idea because people are less likely to commit crimes in the area if they know they're going to be being filmed the whole time. Things like shoplifting hardly seem worth it when pitted against the possibility of going to jail.
First of all, there is no doubt that the video surveillance cameras in PUBLIC can prevent lots of crimes. Some people point out about the privacy and liberties! That does not make any sense. I mean what kind of privacy do you want to get in public. Some people said "it's useless", and my question is: at least it not going to hurt anyone.
When we go into public anyone can see you. If you try to break the law, most likely you will get caught. If you are not a criminal you have nothing to worry about. I definitely think we should have cameras. The government could find criminals easier. If you are a criminal then you have something to worry about.
Why not? if something were to happen, they could figure it out because it was caught on camera. If you have nothing to hide whats wrong with cameras watching you? Having cameras in public places make people feel safe. if people know that there are cameras around they will most likely not do anything stupid.
Video surveillance cameras are beneficial in public places as it means people are less likely to commit a criminal offence as there is a higher likelihood that they will be caught. People feel safer in the knowledge that a potential mugger or attacker will be put of by the presence of a camera. Cameras now have the ability to zoom in to reveal someone's identity which can be beneficial to crime prevention when used in the correct way.
Why not? If something were to happen, they could figure it out because it was caught on camera. If you have nothing to hide, what's wrong with cameras watching you? Having cameras in public places makes people feel safe. If people know that there are cameras around they will most likely not do anything stupid.
If you wouldn't do it on camera, don't do it in public! If you're not doing anything wrong, why would you care that they were there? It's only if you have something to hide that you would feel uneasy/paranoid/worried about what was being recorded. If you have nothing to hide, video surveillance should enhance how safe you feel.
Cameras in public places send a signal to would be criminals that their actions are going to be documented. There are legal issues about privacy that will require a sorting out in court. While they will not stop a determined, or insane actor from his or her purpose, they will frustrate the those that would have the ability to conjure a second thought about the commission of an act before actually doing it. Secondly those that do act stand a far greater chance of being caught and their chances of doing a similar act again are going to be reduced, given that most crime is conducted by repeat offenders. I have but one caveat to such an issue that raises a technology element to the arena of fundamental rights: Cameras should also be placed in the all committee rooms. The offices of elected officials and the cloak rooms of legislative bodies. Even if they would have some restriction of a year before being viewable by the public, perhaps those elected would also have cause to consider their words and actions. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
It pushes the criminals to the danger zone, where they will not be able to have the courage to invade others. That again will help to decrease crime rate.
Some may say this invades our privacy, bu the fact that most of these security cameras are placed in public places completely dissproves the that.
If the government was concerned with what the average Joe was doing at every single turn. We'd know about it by now but that's not the point. Make a decision do you want to be safe at the expense of being on a security reel that will be thrown out after a month or do you want to take your family to a place that has no security cameras, with the potential of them being the victim of a crime and the perpetrator never being caught? Do you want your right to safety or your right to be a nameless and insignificant person on a destined to be disposed security reel?
Being captured on CCTV footage will never result in an individual being charged with a crime unless they have committed a crime. The only people who have anything to fear from being filmed in this way are those whom law abiding citizens would be keen to be held accountable for their actions. If this crime detection tool results in those who infringe on our liberty to walk home without fear at night or have our children play in the local park without being harassed by unsavory characters or even lets us make a withdrawal at the ATM without constantly looking over our shoulders suspiciously, then let there be more of them to help police clean up our streets.
Unfortunately, in today's society, it is necessary to try many means to deter crime. Surveillance cameras can often help law enforcement identify the person who committed a crime and perhaps an arrest can be made and, hopefully, keep this person off the street so that he cannot commit another crime, at least while he is incarcerated! Under certain circumstances, these cameras can be an aid in stopping a crime before it happens.
Video surveillance cameras in public places are a great idea. We've already seen them used for crimes of kidnapping, car accidents and hurricanes and tornadoes. They are not an invasion of privacy because there is no privacy in public. These cameras can also be used to prevent criminal activity in high crime areas. We've seen so many shows of people 'caught on tape' that we are accustomed to seeing cameras everywhere.
I believe that security cameras offer much more in safety than they do as a privacy hindrance. I don't do things in public places I wouldn't want anybody else to see anyways. I would rather have the security and assurance that there is a third eye over my shoulder making sure everything's alright
The only valid reason one could be opposed to public surveillance cameras is if he is wanting something to not be seen. It is a public area, so nothing with that need of privacy should be going on as it is. On the other hand, if someone is doing something wrong and it is caught on video, not only can it be used to punish the person(s) involved, it can also be a warning to other criminals that they too can be caught very easily if they move their violence to the streets.
You should have the right to know who's doing what in front of your house after hours. It's a good deterrant from doing the small things like egging someone or TPing someone, and will make it less likely that bigger things like car theft or robbery would happen.
People say that the man got killed but with those surveillancecams i bet they caught that criminal. you wouldnt like it if someone stole something of your and all you want is that man behind bars and your stuff back youll get your stuff back with surveillance cams. All you need to do is have some cameras and you will be avenged.
Originially before CCTV and other cameras were made, a lot of crimes and muggings were not caught. Some say it is an infringment of freedom but that is also saying that the Police and upper Justice is corrupted. Though yes, hackers can use it maliciously, it can also be detected.
Putting surveillance cameras in public places and the Internet will protect businesses and citizens from robbers or stalkers. Having this incriminating evidence can have a criminal brought to justice. Some may argue that they need their privacy, but this wouldn't be an "invasion" of private property, only surveillance in public areas.
I have seen many shows on how people die, and the last picture/video of them alive was on a public security camera. I am not asking you to put cameras in bathrooms or in security cameras. That is way over the limit. They are important, and very cheap depending on what you buy. Dome cameras (best in my opinion) cost as little as 60$
Due to advancement of technology, these cameras come in small sizes which can be secretly installed leaving them unnoticeable by large mass. Therefore, by getting unnoticeable they record the happenings of the area which can be later used to detect the culprit of any crime taking place. There also some spy cameras which can be installed to record the happenings for a long period of time.
Due to advancement of technology, these cameras come in small sizes which can be secretly installed leaving them unnoticeable by large mass. Therefore, by getting unnoticeable they record the happenings of the area which can be later used to detect the culprit of any crime taking place. There also some spy cameras which can be installed to record the happenings for a long period of time.
Some people don't know that they are being watched. they are less likely to get out of the store with the merchandise when there is someone who is watching. The cameras can also be helpful when finding the person that stole the object. they can even show who is stolen the object to the police.
If they are used, then they need to be monitored. This would thus provide employment. If local business owners help fund this (seeing as it would benefit them by protecting their companies and employees) then it would reduce the strain on the taxpayer. As well as this, it would quicken the time taken to arrest and convict criminals as hard evidence can be produced. It should also be made to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
If you're not doing anything wrong, why would you care that they were there? It's only if you have something to hide that you would feel uneasy/paranoid/worried about what was being recorded.
If you have nothing to hide, video surveillance should enhance how safe you feel.
Many criminals would escape without punishment to return another day, suspicious characters would be more likely to advance into Criminal, and without the knowledge of being watched things like the five finger discount would increase and the economy would once again tip off because so much would be free to one person and outrageously expensive to others.
I am employed..well was employed rather, at a diner. I had 100 dollars stolen from my wallet which was inside a zipped up purse. My ex-employer has video cameras everywhere. One of them even points right at the purses which is near the till. I asked my boss to review the tape for me. Not once did I accuse anyone of theft. My boss said she fast forwarded through the tape and saw at many points my fellow co-worker and I went to our purses. (ie: cellphone check and smoke breaks). I explained that this unfortunately made be believe that it was possibly my co-worker. She then agreed that we could review the tape together at a slower speed and during my break times on the day in question, as I felt the money was taken then. She called me early the day of the meeting and said she accidently erased the tape. She said it would cost alot but she could possibly retrieve it. I just got back from reviewing the tape. First off, the tape was dated on the 5th. The incident was on the 4th. Secondly, at one point the tape said 8:00 am. I was serving a customer that I knew from a previous job. I was shocked when I saw this because I was on my break from 7:58-8:08 (I can prove this from phone logs in my cell) The above customer wasnt in the restaurant in the morning. He came in at 11:30 and had a tea,clubhouse sandwich and soup. He sat with an elderly gentleman. This I know because they were talking in the parking lot when I got off work. So in conclusion, surveillance is useful if they are 100% tamperproof.
For example, at almost every traffic light, there are cameras. This has provided great punitive utility, as people that hit pedestrians, cause accidents, or drive recklessly have been spotted, and later arrested. Also, cameras near parking lots have spotted kidnappings, murders, and countless other crimes. I wish it were not so, but public surveillance cameras are beneficial and necessary in this violent society.
I believe that video surveillance cameras in public places are a good thing. These cameras provide safety to those in the area, and they also help deter criminals. Aside from the deterrence, they help in providing evidence for trials and make prosecutions easier. They help in giving an extra advantage to the police and security teams that patrol the areas, and I believe they give citizens extra peace of mind and feeling of safety.
I do believe they should be used. They stop crime from happening, help your own safety whether it be from crime or from accident seeing as the person monitoring the screen can see if u are in one, it also helps catch criminals. If you are worried about invasion of PRIVACY, don't be! its not an invasion of PRIVACY if you are in a PUBLIC area.
If someone you cared about were the victim of a crime i think you would defintely sleep better at night knowing that thankfully for video surveillance in public places the criminal was caught and identified on camera. I think this is a great idea.
Knowing that there may be hidden video surveillance cameras in public places would cause most people to think twice before trying to pickpocket, harass, or mug someone. Thus, it would reduce the crime rate. Also, the majority of the people would have peace of mind knowing that the cameras are there for their safety.
When a person is thinking about committing a crime, a video camera may deter them and if it doesn't, the footage will certainly help the police identify suspects.
If I were ever a victim of a crime in a public place I would be thankful for a camera to film it all. It would make catching the person who did something to me easier. It would also deter criminals from committing future crimes. No one would want to be on film robbing or raping another person.
In the current day and time of potential acts of terrorism and other crimes, public video surveillance cameras are a necessary tool for the protection of people, places, and businesses. In addition, these types of devices are greatly needed in schools to protect children from various dangers, including kidnappers and pedophiles. So, while the concept of surveillance cameras may not be popular, most should agree that they are very necessary in the society we live in today.
In the year 2008, India's financial capital Mumbai was attacked by Terrorist. The main suspect, Ajmal Kasab, was identified by footage recorded in a CCTV camera. By this we can understand that having surveillance cameras in public places is vital for safety. In public gatherings, video camera's help in monitoring crowds and identifying problems. It also creates sense of protection for the public because of constant vigilance provided by the police.
I don't think there is anything wrong with having surveillance cameras in public places. If an area is open to the public, you expect that people will be able to see you, and you have nothing to worry about if you're not committing a crime. The only public places that should not have cameras would be bathrooms or dressing rooms because people expect privacy in those areas.
If you are in public and are with children and in a neighborhood where you would think crime may happen, you may want to try and protect them. A camera can add security and can attribute to finding answers when you think your children or anyone have been kidnapped, abused, etc.
The installation of surveillance is an excellent way to stop crime in public places such as downtown, in front of banks, parking garages and university campuses. If a criminal is aware of the possibility that their actions may be caught on film I believe they will be less likely to commit a crime. The news media is very willing to give air time to footage of crimes in progress. They have been very successful in tracking down perpetrators who are recognized by friends, associates and family. The addition of a reward for information leading to their capture is even more effective.
When a crime happens it may be a good idea to have it on tape. The criminal can be apprehended quickly and there wont be an issue finding them as much as there is without. Especially in abduction cases a video would be a great way of tracking down a person quickly and maybe preventing a death.
I believe that video surveillance cameras are a great idea in all public places because it would create a sense of security for the people walking around and exploring the world. As long as it is in public areas, it would have no sense of invasion of privacy because the places are often filled with different people. It would be a good idea to see who travels down the public places in case an emergency breaks out, the person who committed the crime can be caught with the cameras.
Video surveillance cameras should not be considered an invasion of privacy. By their very nature, video surveillance cameras are placed in public areas with large numbers of people. No one should have expectations of privacy in public places with large numbers of people around. The cameras can be used to prevent crime or used as evidence in trials for crimes that are committed.
In places where there isn't a reasonable expectation of privacy, the benefits of CCTV cameras generally outweigh the detriments. The first and most obvious benefit is that criminal offenders can be identified and caught. Other benefits include the monitoring of traffic patterns and gathering evidence for traffic accidents. There would need to be rules, however, to prevent misuse of the cameras to stifle legitimate expression, such as protests.
In addition to decreasing crime, video surveillance cameras would also make it easier to catch criminals. The public should have no expectation of privacy in a public place so no laws would be broken. Video cameras would make people feel safer. It would also make business owners feel more confident. The only people that would be negatively affected by video surveillance would be people who are doing something wrong.
There are already people in the streets that's why they are "public places" so what is the difference of putting a mechanical person there that can not move but watch the streets for the whole day and see what is happening and if there is anyone doing anything wrong such as stealing or mugging people they will catch them and find who committed the crime.
It is beneficial to stopping crime, lots of crimes happen everyday and there should be more surveillance cameras in the public. Money can be pricey but we can get supporters for surveillance cameras in the public to donate money. And how is privacy violated? It's not like the government is going to install surveillance cameras in the restroom. This question we are all arguing about is talking about installing surveillance cameras in PUBLIC PLACES. So there fore there is no privacy invaded.
I think that every town and city across the united states should provide public surveillance to keep their citizens safe. Plus it would help deter crimes and what not. Cameras help the police with their public safety. Cameras also protect against property theft, and vandalism. It would be very hard for anyone to get away with committing a crime with the use of cameras.
It is a public place, if you don't feel right about doing something with a video camera watching you then most likely you shouldn't be doing that in the first place. It just helps prevent people come committing crimes and it helps to resolve muggings and assaults in public places.
Why not. Public places are public. You can have no expectation of privacy. They suppress crime and are helpful when a child is snatched. Already there are cameras in stores and casinos, public cameras are just an extension of that. What is it that you intend to do in public that you don't want recorded?
Absoloutely good idea for safety reasons especially when children are out playing, it dosnt invade ones privacy at all, i dont care if they are on every street corner if im doing nothing wrong or illegal then why would i be bothered? You have to question the ones that oppose it? If they are doing nothing wrong then what is their problem, i think certainly out in public then yes have cctv, it helps in catching the destroyers of life, and there are plenty of those in the world so that alone is a good enough reason to have cameras everywhere, if we lived in a perfect world we wouldnt need cameras or police or soldiers etc but unfortunately we dont live in a perfect world and there are predators around every corner....So yes yes yes to cctv!
If there were no surveillance cameras in the streets of Boston, the Boston Marathon Bombers would not have been caught and punished for their horrible crimes against humanity. Cameras in high traffic ares help catch people speeding or going through red lights. Also, with the camera being there and the threat of the being caught, it has been proven that less crimes are committed.
If we were to never have had surveillance cameras, we may have never caught the suspects in the Boston Bombing. Just imagine if we didn't have the public surveillance cameras - we may have never seen who the two brothers were and when/where they set the bombs down. And how.
Unfortunately, the Boston Marathon incident was a severe incident, but it proves one thing. How did the police catch the two brothers responsible for this mess? Surveillance cameras. Who knows how much damage the two could have done without surveillance cameras? You might try to argue, but don’t you think that over 200 people injured or killed is enough?
Surveillance cameras can help stop criminal activity! With these new cameras around, the police will be able to stop a crime very quickly. They could see who is committing the crime and where it is and get there very quickly. I support the idea of having surveillance cameras in the city.
It would cut down on the amount of crimes that people commit each year. For example in the Boston marathon bombing the FBI figured out who did it by a department store video cam and they saw the guy place the bag down. If the government put out cams they would have no need to look on the department stores video feed. They could use their own!
If someone were to rob me in daylight, I would hope that a surveillance camera was there to identify that person. Crimes have been easier to solve with surveillance evidence. Inside homes or bathrooms are another thing, but those are not public places, therefore PUBLIC surveillance cameras should not and could not be there.
People feel safer if there will be footage that backs up their claims. Essentially those who are against are more likely to be the people who will be caught, i.E., "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. These camera's are not going to be pointed directly into your homes, they are out in public area's to protect those who want to go out and live, rather than worrying about the fact that others might see you. They also act as a deterrent to criminals as well as proof of footage.
Wanting privacy in public is not realistic and practical. People asking for that do not know the difference between the two. Secondly, the very people not wanting such surveillance will be the first ones thanking its usefulness if something bad was to happen to them or their dear ones. Imagine if police prevented a kidnapping by picking up lurking criminal by being proactively using this technology and that park happened to the one where your kid played; would you still ask for privacy and fight the use of CCTV or will thank government for stopping a crime before it happened? If you want to maintain your privacy, stay home!
After all, to stop crime, we have to find the criminals. Security cameras record the event, so we can check out who the bad guy really is. People say it's a invasion of privacy, but think about it. You worry about a few people behind the security camera, but when you go to a shopping center, you get looked at by hundreds of people.
Mainly because of lowlifes in cars who see someone walking along, they stop the car and throw something at them and/or shout and verbally abuse them then cowardly drive off. People like that are sick and should be punished but they can get away with it with no camera's around. And of course for the even worse types who drive dangerously, run someone over from dangerous driving etc... I find drivers in general annoying, ever get the one's who see you're crossing the road from about 15 yards away and they think they can piss you off by going faster to try and scare you? You know you'll make it across the road before they get there and so do they but they're just full on lowlife scumbags for even resorting to that immature behaviour just for a kick. There should be camera's everywhere, there's too many idiots around unfortunately and they should all be punished, if they're crime was too quick for the victim to get a good enough description of them then camera's are the only other hope of getting these badly brought up losers where they belong in prison.
It would be an invasion of privacy if it were surveillance cameras within people's homes. However when we are talking about CCTV in public places, there's a difference. By going out in public, an individual is surrendering his/her privacy, it cannot be said that monitoring what someone does outside their private residence etc. Is an invasion of their privacy.
I've been researching the pros and cons of school surveillance cameras and, from the information I've found, pro is the obvious winner. Many acts of violence, bullying, drugs, and vandalism could be prevented by the presence of surveillance cameras. Even if they can't be stopped, the criminal can be persecuted as the principal or teacher sees fit because they're face can be seen and detected on the cameras' footage. A lot of people say that they're an invasion of privacy but if they're not placed in locker rooms or bathrooms they're not that invasive. If you're not doing anything wrong, and you don't have anything to hide, you really don't have anything to worry about. Overall, the presence of surveillance cameras will benefit schools greatly.
1) They are watched by people who are either qualified law enforcers or are recorded but not watched constantly
2) They are respectful of human rights as they protect our civil liberties due to allowing criminals to be tracked, therefore are not only stopping people who take our human rights completely away (ie criminals) but give a fair trial at court. Video evidence is very convincing.
3) They are confined to The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act that states that surveillance can be used so long as they are in the interest of public safety and regulates how they are used. If people use them for voyeurism or indecent invasion of privacy they will be caught.
Do not always think that privacy is straight forward. Sometimes you need to break privacy to gain it.
I my opinion this idea is pretty good because the advantages are very important even for our normal life. If we carefully see this idea from different sides, we would understand that security depends on these camera. On other hand, people who disagree with that, because of their privacy, I think this reason doesn't make sense comparing with people safety and security. If we gained a good result from the camera for, we will have strong security underground. For instant, security may find the criminal from the recording of the surveillance cameras, also they may stop the crime before it happens. In order to have a secure society, we should think deeply about all benefits of these surveillance cameras.
In my opinion this idea is pretty good because the advantages are very important even for our normal life. If we carefully see this idea from different sides, we would understand that security depends on these cameras. On other hand, people who disagree with that, because of their privacy, I think this reason doesn't make sense comparing people's safety and security. If we gained a good result from the camera, we will have strong security underground. For instant, security may find the criminal from the recording of the surveillance cameras, also they may stop the crime before it happens. In order to have a secure society, we should think deeply about all benefits of these surveillance cameras.
The cameras are NOT on private property (unless the owners so approve)...They are in public places such as banks, malls, streets, etc... If you are doing something that you wouldn't like the government to see, that means you should not be doing it. Think logically, the government has a duty-to protect the people of the United States. How could they protect the American people if they are not monitoring us? Are you aware of the crime rate in America????! If your child was grabbed off the street when you were not looking (it does happen more than you would think), would you not want a camera that caught the crime? Would you not want to see who stole your innocent child? Would you not think a camera could help give evidence, if not solve the case? What about the people who steal cars? These people are usually hard to find because cars can move fast. But with the help of a camera on the street light, it would give insight to the police as to who took the car. Open your mind to the facts.
If I could view the parking lot from my home I could easily see if there were handicapped spaces available. They have an outside camera at the emissions facility and its a real time saver. I wish all public places had this feature. Even if I didn't need a handicapped space, cameras would be a big time saver. So there are other reasons besides having cameras watch the other guy.
Who cares if you are being watched on a camera or not? You never know, the people behind the camera could be gawking at you or could be gagging at you ;) but who cares. Live your life like you want to. If the cameras catch you picking a wedgie, who cares? You're never going to see them again. You don't even know them, and they don't know you. The cameras and the people behind the cameras are there to protect you and help you when you need it. So next time you see a security camera, smile and wave at it and give it a thumbs up and mouth thank you, because they are there for you and your saftey.
It reduces the crime. In london, they installed cctv cameras in Central London and London has reduced crime by at least 30%. Therefore i think it would be a good idea to install cctv cameras on every street and in public places for all our safety and trust. . .
Example #1- Lets say the owner of a store is a non-supporter of surveillance cameras, and one day this owner of the store is out of town, when his store is broken into. You cant tell me that if this guy was caught on video from camera down the street that, this owner wouldnt do anything to have this video.
Example #2- Have you herd about the Boston marathon Bombing, because I have and if it wasnt for cameras those Idiots would'nt have been caught as fast is they were.
Thats why i am a supporter of cameras
To watch people and what they are doing so that if someone gets hurt they can see who it is. They can also allow people to see what they need to improve. They can also look at people that might be suspicious. This is a great thing because that will determine who it was.
Having camera's on every corner and connected to the internet where anyone and everyone can look at the streets live helps everyone in every area. It helps to see if traffic is jammed up on a certain street, flooding, accidents, crime. Red light traffic camera's alone have prevented and actually stopped a lot of car accidents on certain streets in Garfield, NJ alone. There were almost constant drunk driving accidents in the middle of the night where the drunken driver hit the parked cars and even in some cases ran right into the front of some homes. Catching them before they crash with the help of those red light traffic cameras has saved many drunken drivers from having accidents and helped spare the owners of the cars they slammed into. It also prevents deaths by catching them from those camera's. Having Camera's on every corner for all to see and check in on online will also help catch hit and run drivers drunk or not. It could possibly prevent crimes or at least cut down when they know they will be caught on camera and seen by all their neighbors as well as taped. If we are to have video surveillance camera's then they all should be accessible to everyone not limited to just Law Enforcement or the Cable Companies.
There should be cameras in big locations, it saves lives, crime, and even bullying at times. There has been many times where a video camera has caught something such as a crime or something just weird. There has been times where they dont come in handy and are just worthless. But most of the time they come in handy.
I believe that its important to make sure our environment is in good condition without any criminals around the area. No one wants to be blamed for a crime they havent even committed in the first place. I also think that cameras keep an eye on anything bad that may be going on and finding the true criminal.
At a mall, someone may try to smuggle something ; that's where security cameras come in handy. You never know what may be happening, whether there are drugs in the park or commotion on the freeway. The cameras may provide useful evidence to use to catch a criminal. The community needs to be safer, and this is a place to start improving.
Security cameras in public places like parking lots, maybe gyms, and offices are not invading privacy. They don't go in our homes or bathrooms. Security cameras will stop criminals, help prevent future crimes, and even stop crimes taking place. In my opinion, there's no good reason not to want security cameras in public unless you have something to hide.
There are a multitude of reasons. One being probably the most obvious, police officers can't be everywhere at once. So if a crime does occur officials can simply look at the footage from a surveillance camera and know what happened, when it happened, and who needs to be arrested. Simple as that.
For example in the Boston Marathon explosion we found out who were the guys who put the bombs by cameras and now one is dead and the other is paying with justice. So cameras are really useful when you are going to get robbed or someone is murdered. Cameras does violate some of our privacy but we need them for our safety.
The world today increasingly relies on tech to keep us safe. We are monitored in a hundreds of different ways every day. Cameras are just a better way to keep us physically and legally safe. For instance if you are mugged and need to identify the thief you can use the cameras. If you are on the other side and someone says they were mugged by you, you then have a fool proof alibi. If you don't want to be monitored then you better start isolating yourself and not going outside and giving up any tech connected to the internet or telephone etc.
Because we ill be able to keep a track on every thing that is going on. If there is any shooting, kidnapping, killing etc. In a public place and the offenders face is shown we will be able to track the person and look for him/her to put them in jail for punishment for the act they have committed.
The reality of the situation is that if there is a way to make the process of finding evidence for any kind of crime easier we should capitalize on using it. The fact that this is a logical way to help crime prevention makes it even better. I can understand that privacy is something that we all hold dear but on an honest note I think we can all say that nobody in the government really gives a crap about our day to day activities. And the ability to find out information on anybody, if you REALLY want to, has been around forever. Its just good detective work. The fact that its easier now shouldn't let anyone confuse the fact that it has always been possible.
Surely if you don't want anyone to know what you're doing then you probably shouldn't be doing right!
Secondly, with the police force continually having funding cut I'd much we have the CTTV than nothing at all protecting the streets.
Finally, they are a deterrent for criminals which is important to consider when people claim they don't help solve crime.
Yes it is a good idea to have surveillance cameras in public places. Because that way if there are terrorists there they can catch them in the act, and videos are like good witnesses, especially when it comes to trials over serious cases. So yes I think it is good to have them.
I feel that surveillance is necessary for security. “Cameras may reduce the likelihood of crime,” says Ellis Godard, a professor of sociology. “It’s a construct where people do feel safer when cameras are up. People behave themselves. They’re alerting people to what they do.” Most people feel that they should behave themselves when surveillance cameras are up, so it should reduce and prevent crime.
Surveillance cameras, specifically, are definitely important for security. They bring many people peace of mind knowing that, even if there is a shooting, the murderer will be caught on tape. People often sacrifice privacy in a public place knowingly anyway, so why should they not sacrifice privacy for security and for the greater good? Surveillance should be at places in danger of uprisings or trouble, for example, a police station of train station, or even a school. There have been many school shootings that maybe could have been prevented by surveillance. The assassin may think again before shooting if he saw that his every move was being documented.
Airport security is tedious but necessary for the safety of others. If a bomber went onto an airplane unchecked, he would be endangering many people. Think about it this way: Would you rather sacrifice your life or your privacy?
In your own home, you definitely don't want government surveillance devices monitoring your internet usage, watching you eat your food, taking a shower, or even in bed with another consenting adult. However, when you are in public, you are expected to behave in a correct manner. For any law abiding citizen, you should not have to worry about surveillance cameras in public. Only criminals have to worry about these public recording devices.
I say yes to cameras because my child was a victim of a teacher bullying him. If cameras had been installed then the administrators would have seen it was a clash between student and teacher personalities. The truth is the teacher did not like my son for whatever reason and wrote him up daily for thing like texting in class, not staying on task, and talking, nothing major, no weapons, drugs, disrespect, but yet they wanted to expel him for this. I have a print out of all write ups.
CCTV may not be able to reduce crime or even deter criminals; however it may used effectively to target specific offences. There is no doubt that it is a powerful and innovative weapon in the police arsenal and it may be employed to monitor town centres and help in controlling crime and upholding the letter of law. CCTV cameras have both their advantages and disadvantages but the number of situations when they helped justice outnumbers all others. Thus their benefit to society is undeniable.
I don't think that video surveillance cameras in public places are a good idea because it is an infringement on your civil liberties. Why film innocent people doing nothing criminal in public places. Next, they'll be putting them in public restrooms.
"Those who give up liberty for safety deserve neither" - Benjamin Franklin. Cameras everywhere is not a deterrent as kids egg and TP houses even if it has cameras... All that's needed is a mask. It takes away our freedom to not be watched. It will allow governments to watch us, which may not matter now, but in the wrong hands, can be catastrophic.
Why should people be able to videotape us, without our rights? This is our world and people need to be respected, we have a voice. We need to use it. They should not be able to record us, at all. We are people. We are not animals or test dummies. We don't deserve to be watched while living our lives.
In new York a man got stabbed and was left to die in front of three surveillance cameras. It took the ambulances 2 hours to get to the injured man, and he died before getting to the hospital. The surveillance cameras did nothing to help the man, and are a waste of tax payers money.
I think this is an awful idea because if a window is open somewhere, a person could look through and watch them all the time so that is an invasion of privacy. This is why cameras are a very bad idea to put around the city to watch people all the time
The myth is that CCTV cameras prevent crime but the reality is that they do not. In some places with several cameras the crime rate is higher than in other places. If a person is going to commit a crime they will surely do it in a camera's blind spot. A person who is crazy enough to commit a crime is going to do everything to make sure they will not be found out. CCTV cameras are just there to give the public a false feeling of safety and are a less effective replacement for policing.
Moreover, such systems can be used to FACILITATE crime.
Internet connected cameras are of particular concern. Such systems are more easily "hackable" than a closed circuit system (which I would also oppose on the basis of all the other issues related to government sponsored general surveillance).
Why could hacking be a problem? Well, for one, criminals could actually use the system to their advantage. Example: use the cameras in real time to identify when the last police patrol passed through. Then such a criminal could use the presumed "window" to perpetrate a crime just outside the view of the camera in question. This possibility is PARTICULARLY dangerous should power companies' smart meters ever be hacked. At such point a criminal could EASILY determine when someone is NOT home and police are not likely to be close by to thwart a crime, resulting in the perfect opportunity to wreak criminal havoc at a "high-value" target.
CCTV systems, as stated, will not stop crime. I believe business and home owners should have the right to monitor their own property as they see fit. In this belief, I think there should be some state or federal ground rules applied. (Example: I should be able to install a camera in my back yard. The camera should be positioned in such a manner that I'm not monitoring my neighbors back yard.
Business owners should be able to monitor their facilities and stores but, should be required to post proper signage to alert individuals the are is under surveillance.) As far as monitoring "common area", public streets, sidewalks, parks...Etc. I think that's a big ol' NO! If only half of you people posting have seen some of the new technology you would agree it's an infringement on our rights. Facial recognition, behavioral patterns and even racial profiling can currently be programmed into systems that are available today. Without and preset regulation... NO.
Its my right to go out of my house and not have to worry if I'm being video taped. The police or a camera or nothing can protect you, the crime is never stopped by this. Crime still happens you aren't safe. Its after the fact people are caught. I don't want to give up my freedom so I feel "safe". It should be a choice. I'm entitled to my own view and just because you want to give up your freedom, I shouldn't have to.
Whether your walking down the street, driving in your car or even tying up your shoes, they will always be watching, people need privacy, if they use this camera for their own enjoyment it is wrong and totally inappropiate, that is one reason why cameras need to go in public places.
Yes because it protects us and the people around us. It also is a big help to police and investigators who are looking for someone or somebody.
But also, I say no because now in days, big companies are starting to put video cameras in changing rooms which completely invades our privacy. And what, for example, you are caught going somewhere you weren't supposed to on Google Maps?!
This is a very complex question to answer because there isn't a good answer or a bad answer.
Privacy is privacy. I don't have to sit at home all day, because I'm worried about being filmed. Yes, it would help with the issue of crime, but is it really that worth it. The main reason I think this issue is suddenly becoming so big is because of the Boston Marathon. Yes, it's a HUGE tragedy, but there is no proof that more cameras could have prevented it. Also, think about the cost. WE DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR THAT!
I believe that we should not put in security cameras because they are a waste of money, electricity, and don't give you any privacy. A 3,000 camera surveillance system costs $200 million to install. We need privacy and freedom, and cameras that watch you almost everywhere you go invades that.
It only, on average, catches one crime for every 1000 cameras and invades our privacy. They have enough zoom power to read a magazine in your hand. It costs more than 200 million dollars to install, you can just hire more police officers to roam the streets and be in action.
The "If there is nothing to hide then there is noting to fear" argument is absurd. If you truly believe that then give me your Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Driver's License Number, Credit Card Information, Bank Details, and penis size... Yeah, didn't think so. I value my privacy and so did the people who founded America because of England's invasion of privacy by quartering soldiers in the colonists dwellings. "Those who give up privacy for security deserve neither." That is for private property, as for public property I certainly do not want the government to know that I go into sex shops (let's say for someone else). Nor do I want "Big Brother" to be omnipotent as this may be a gateway to it. The mentality that it will deter crime is not completely true. A bank robber will still wear a ski mask and a psychopath will still wear a gas mask or at least some other mask. The masking of criminals is not the only reasons why cameras should be banished, surveillance technology requires an enormous capital which would be better spent on solving the worlds actual problems (World Hunger, Cures, and the like). And again, if you have nothing to hide then give me your Credit Card Information, Bank Accounts and penis size; Who wants to give out that information? Certainly not I.
Do you think when our founding fathers sat down to make the declaration of independence they would think that one day in our great nation that one day when would step outside of our homes to go to work that we would constantly be monitored and watched? I my as well move to north korea.
If cameras are viewable though a public web site, they are just an extension of the public space. OK. If they are secret to the state, they are part of a police state. Not OK. Even the police need the comfort of people looking over their shoulder, to keep them safe.
I think people may be right when they say that public cameras are an infringement of privacy. I agree, in quiet areas such as alleyways or dark streets, a few cameras might be a good idea. In more crowded areas such as malls, however, we should stick to security guards.
I do in fact believe that there are some good things that the surveillance has going for itself. Unfortunately, the scales are not balanced. For one thing, it hasn't been proved to work. In London, there has been a 3% lowered crime rate because of these and they're everywhere. There is the potential for abuse which we all know has already happened. To stalk those of the opposite - or same - sex. To blackmail. It will happen again, we're humans. There is also no limits either. How do we know that this information is going to be put into good hands? Do we have to constantly live in fear that we might be sending a bad message to those watching? If we wear certain clothing, read specific books. That's taking away our freedom if you constantly watch us and we then can't live our normal lives because of it. All privacy will be gone if we continue to have this set up. Video cameras through computers, phones; video games. What would be left?
I want to go out on the street to spend some time with my friends and not with cameras.
They can have information of my family and my blood and this kind of stuff because i dont care if some one knows my blood group. But having eyes on me everytime i walk out of my house is a sneeky and unfair feeling of being controled and of not being able to have a secret
Not to mention invasion of privacy. Although they are in public, people don't want the government to know what they do every second of the day. Cameras in public will soon lead to cameras in our homes. The government is slowly taking our privacy and freedom piece by piece. No one wants that.
The argument of "Nothing to hide, Nothing to fear" contradicts perhaps one of the most important parts of law and order: Innocent until proven guilty. The Government can, at the moment monitor you without any offence being caused, without reasonable suspicion and without probable cause, the idea that the Government may use this information against a law abiding citizen may seem impossible at the moment, it is a slippery slope, and complacency is one of the main dangers of CCTV cameras.
It's the age-old question of security vs. Freedom, and the more surveillance there is on our streets, the closer we as a civilization come to resembling the kind of dystopian totalitarian future we see so commonly in fiction such as 1984 and A Scanner Darkly. While some Government presence is acceptable in a democracy, there must be limits placed upon the access it has to our everyday lives.
The Government has to have the interest and safety of it's people at heart, yes, but we as a society cannot let the initially protective measures transform into a relationship reminiscent of a pet owner taking care of an incontinent animal. There must be measures in place (such as the American branches of power) so that we as a people do not lose our voice in establishing a foothold in control of our own lives.
Although the prospect of surveillance in public areas can be attractive at first thought, what with the assured lowering of crime rates due to more arrests made and crimes solved, where does it end? How long before the state decides to increase the level of surveillance to more than just the street corners downtown, but the alleys and sidewalk corners of suburban life? What if it worsens, to the point of, dare I say it, the inside of our homes?
Now, there may be quite a lot of speculation in the words above, but it all snowballs from somewhere. While an increase in public surveillance might lead to more arrests and a slightly safer environment for the citizens of a region, I can only foresee an abuse of power given that much of it.
"Absolute power corrupts absolutely." -Lord John Emerich Acton
People have always had privacy, we need it. Having someone higher, watching over our every move, whether they are doing something with it or not, is a basic violation of our human rights. To weigh the benefits of the cameras against the benefits of the people having privacy is tough because it comes in to ethic and moral beliefs. However, CCTV is just another technology that people will adapt to, soon all criminals will wear hats, or move to the streets that aren't monitored. It isn't demolishing crime, its just making crime readjust.
So why take away someone basic human right in another failed attempt to combat something that will always walk this earth.
This is an infringement on civil liberties. The 12th article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says this: 'No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.'
It could be argued (and has been) that being in public means you forfeit your right to privacy, but we must be extremely wary of so freely letting our liberties go away. Fear should not force us to let governments encroach on our civil liberties. It's just one step along the way to Big Brother watching us. Is that really what we want?
I believe that even though people may be in public, that they need to be able to not only know, but to be able to feel like they are not being constantly watched. They should be able to do what they wish and be able to feel "free" doing it.
We are now unsafe our privacy is vanquished. And what more is that other people can see you and report nasty things that are private and unnecessary. Although it provides security to shops for robberies but think about this ,are there more thieves than normal people in the public. It is clear that we are vulnerable to cyber bullying now that some people have access to cameras to see private stuff.
Because even thought it can catch crime it is mostly does not catch crime.It is not stoping crime and it is invading other peoples privacy. I think that they should do more about this.Also survieillance cameras are a lot of money and we need it for other basic needs. Those are the reasons i think surveillance is not good.
There is no privacy anymore, and we have no power of where it goes, what it's used for, or even who sees it. Soon we will be watched everywhere we go, and possibly even in our own homes. Our pricavy is being used and abused so easily. The government is taking it to far
They increase our privacy and are not safe. People could publish videos ... Hwo had never seen a funny
video of a security camera? Do you want to be on there? Can they really act that fast, if something happens? I don't think that this makes places more safe. D
Some people say, that you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide.
I think in another way. Maybe it's right that crime would be reduced with surveillance cameras. But how about innocent people? They would be watched all day, in every move they make. There wouldn't be any privacy no more!
So; maybe we could catch offender committing crimes, but every innocent becomes a victim.
I question whos on the other side and when did the tax payers get to decide where cameras would be ok to place. It is a privacy concern and it may only worsen with time if we allow this to occur. In reality it may stop cameras in that spot but it only causes criminals to commit it out of site of the cameras sight.
No, I do not think surveillance cameras in a public place are a good idea because they are a huge invasion of privacy. Yes, they help catch people committing crimes- but that shouldn't be at the cost of infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens. Just because you are in a public space doesn't mean your body and your actions belong to the government.
The benefits do not outweigh the draw backs when it comes to public surveillance. We would only have the word of some governmental official that they would not abuse the system, and it would only be good as the quality of the cameras installed. If they were grainy black and white cameras like found in most gas stations they would fail to be of any use any ways. Those always take such blurry pictures that even the police can not identify a criminal after the fact. Public cameras would stop almost no real crimes, all they would do is give the government a way to keep an eye on you all the time and know every single thing you do outside of your home.
If people already feel like they are being watched why make their paranoia come true? I mean if you look at some of the posts on the (YES) side it's mostly just saying that it can stop crime. Yes so can more police officers. And that costs a lot less money and it could help stop some unemployment. And also the cameras can be hacked into or broken. The cameras have no self defense yes they will get the people doing the crime but they will not stop that person from doing the crime on the dot. I hope that any one who reads this will agree with me and do their own post.
Big Brother will be watching you. Your every move in the public eye will be recorded, good, bad, and indifferent. Under the pretext of safety it all sounds great, but what are the other uses of the footage? Can the footage be sold to big companies to study us and better market to us? Are other things being monitored like social behavior, in order to better control how, where, and why we choose to interact with each other? By aggregating all of the footage over time a lot can be learned about us. What of the audio component, eventually will they need that as well, to make us even safer? Then your language gets monitored as well. Which words can be legally used, which ones are banned? Again, in time or language gets shaped and as we all should know… control of language is very powerful. Why, because your thoughts are then controlled. In the wrong hands this knowledge can be more destructive than we can really even imagine right now. People will act differently when they know they are being watched and in time the influence of the cameras watching the public will inherently change their behavior. In essence, the personalities of the population will be shaped by this global eye. A watched population will become both paranoid and docile. Though it’s not explicit, call it control by Big Brother, or better yet, a limitation of or infringement on your freedom. That’s not the type of situation I want to live in, do you?
We need our privacy and freedom. We feel like we are being watched constantly and it can make us uncomfortable. They can be hidden and can be easily hacked into. Why do we need these when we can have security not in cameras, but with people. In those cameras, who knows who is watching us.
As an IT professional I install video surveillance systems and it wasn't until today that one of my co-workers who works under surveillance all day by one of the cameras I installed stop and think: perhaps this is doing more harm than solving a problem. I would not want my entire day at work to be spent under intense scrutiny. Even though I am not doing anything wrong, I wouldn't want to be watched. I would hope my employer had more faith in me and that I would not steal. Jobs are like relationships. Would you steal or cheat on your significant other. No. Neither would you steal from your place of employment. The reality is that theft happens. I think it would make us more human if we relied on each other to be honest and speak up in the event of theft. After my co-worker explained his opinions on surveillance cameras, I felt like a complete tool for listening to my boss and not even thinking about how it would create fear and paranoia before or while installing them. I agree with most of the people who selected yes as well as there was a societal need for such a thing, however technological determinism states that technology will outpace society and we will become dependent upon it. This is a prime example. We should rely on ourselves and hopefully be able to trust ourselves, our employers and our co-workers. Relying on video surveillance shows how lazy we are then we tell ourselves we're working smarter not harder, lying to ourselves.
I don't need some government camera watching my back all the time! I'm paranoid anyway. This is another step towards a dystopian future when the government is watching you constantly! Why does the government want to watch us anyway? To keep track of us like a bunch of cattle? Its a waste of money too! Why watch a terrorist attack when you can prevent it?!
If we install security cameras, everyone who wants to commit a crime will just wear a mask. The we will waste millions of dollars of taxpayer's money to watch the good people. Why waste our money on something pointless? It doesn't make any sense to give away our right of privacy for people to realize this is a bad idea.
Surveillance cameras being installed will only be another step in the wrong direction. It is more power that the government doesn't need to have. Not to mention that the cameras will be low grade and will provide poor, grainy footage that will not be of much assistance for solving a crime. In addition it will only promote criminals to dress in clothing that disguises there identity making them even less likely to ever be identified.
Because its a waste of my money and waste of people time. In schools we are paying up to 200,000 dollars on surveillance cameras when we can use the money to provide books for our students so that they would be able to become number one in the world in science, math, and languages and be better than Japan.
Posted By Marshun of Memphis,TN
Video surveillance in public places, other than stores and banks, is another way for the government to eavesdrop on its citizens. The U.S. Constitution guarantees liberty which includes the liberty to do and act as one wishes without being monitored all the time. Being videoed all the time is like an overbearing mother controlling every action of the child, and is unhealthy.
In the United Kingdom, virtually every street corner is monitored by closed circuit recordings. The statistics are not clear on whether or not this has deterred crime, but it has resulted in many of the criminals wearing hoodies and glasses. This results in the perpetrator not being able to being identified anyways. I feel as if cameras on every street corner is a bad idea because it would waste money and resources that could be better policed by having an actual officer in the vicinity.
I do think that places of business and private residences should have video surveillance on their property for security. I don't feel that surveillance needs to be in public areas. Cameras do not need to be on street corners or in parks or general places were people gather. The feeling that someone is always watching you makes me uneasy. An individual could not full express or enjoy themselves if they are feeling that they are under constant surveillance like a criminal. If safety is a concern hire more law enforcement.
If the city believes they have probable cause to observe my driveway traffic and yard activity then go to the court and get permission. Most likely it will not be denied by a judge. Otherwise, it is an reasonable search of my property whether I am a law abiding citizen or not.