A few weeks ago it was the aid of over four million Closed Circuit Televisions (CCT) that lead Scotland Yard and the United Kingdom’s crack domestic intelligence group otherwise known as MI5 to track down the terrorist cell from the almost would be car bombs in London and at the airport in Glasgow, Scotland. The forces in Scotland even used these Closed Circuit Televisions to track down one of the Doctors and his accomplice on the highway as they tried to slip away. So why don’t we have four million of our own Closed Circuit televisions here in the United States? We have to learn lessons from not only our own brushes with terrorism but also those of other countries and municipalities.
As for here in the United States law enforcement is already using such CCT’s. There are four thousand in New York City along its streets and subways. Mayor Daley in Chicago has been an advocate on the forefront of using such televisions to both prevent and track down crimes in frequently traveled public spaces and crime-ridden neighborhoods. Baltimore and Washington DC have also successfully started using this technology.
Some citizens are apprehensive about a reality television show of our daily lives. I say the more cameras the better. We are already on camera at the ATM, in the movie theater, office building elevators and virtually anywhere we walk, in taxi’s and on buses, past building security cameras and the like. When you look at he trail we leave through or cell phone bills and credit card transactions – really how much would we really be giving up? And the good thing about these cameras is that they are monitored by retired police officers and other law enforcement agencies with strict regulations and guidelines. It’s not like camera number 334 at the corner of Oak and Michigan will have its own channel on YouTube.
These cameras are tried and tested and as long as they are used for good and not evil – I’m all for it. In the city of Melbourne, Australia. They have seen a decline of crime in areas where their cameras are present by 8%. They also have seen an increase in crime at areas without such cameras by 9%. Granted, nothing is full proof. Two years ago on 07/07/05 there was the bombing of three British subway trains and a bus killing 52 and injuring 700 people. There were cameras in the stations, in the rail cars and on the bus that certainly didn’t stop the suicide bombers. Of course suicide bombers aren’t going to worry about their mugs on a security monitor but at least in the case in the UK a few weeks ago we see what an indispensable tool these cameras have become for solving crimes and tracking down the remainder of a terrorist cell.
So what do you the Gather community think of the United States deploying more of these Closed Circuit Television cameras here in our major cities and areas with high threat levels?
Is it Creepy Uncle or Big Brother?
I’m looking forward to hearing what you think!
Thank you in advance for participating!