CCTV LocksOnline - Are we becoming a Policed State
An article got my interest this week from one of the websites that I follow.
It was concerned that the Germans have to much CCTV monitoring their streets.
Last month sadly a Berlin man lost his life in a brutal murder and questions were asked would more CCTV or the promotion of more CCTV may have saved his life?
Off course there is always conjecture when it come to these sort of questions, specialists in the field suggest that this type of crime would never be deterred as in most cases it is carried out at the spur of the moment and no matter how many cameras are watching the fact that they cannot interact with what is happening is the very fact that they are inefficient on reducing serious crime.
The report goes on to say that the UK has the most influx of CCTV and I agree. Being in the trade, we have certainly seen a steady growth in this market sector. But is CCTV a truly effective way of deterring crime?
The article suggests that pre meditated crime may be influenced because CCTV is present, or that the crim’s look at alternative ways to make the CCTV ineffective, simply covering your face in most cases may be enough.
When I started in the industry I recall CCTV cameras with around 100 lines of quality. You may know standard resolution of TV has increased from 625 lines back in the 80’s to 720 lines and now off course High Definition 1080p
Most standard cameras that have been installed over the last 10 years has had around 420 lines, the quality being less than the TV quality of the 80’s. it has slowly increased to now being around 600 TVL’s but still less than the 80’s TV.
Recently we are seeing a breed of new CCTV camera technology coming out giving HD quality and resolution. The article implies that the UK will now be starting to see a massive increase in HD cameras replacing standard definition cameras especially in the public sector and in town centres etc.
But will this increase in High Quality actually benefit or make the CCTV even better at catching the crim’s, perhaps it will make then stand out of the crowd better, and perhaps the ‘hoody’ will look a richer green than it was in standard definition. If the report from Germany suggests that it will have very little effect on serious crime, would there be any benefit in the tax payer investing in HD cameras to protect our town centres.
Commercially, I would have to say yes, but logically I would have to say no. I would rather see more police on the streets, this will save peoples lives and probably if there was police around when that Berlin man got brutally murdered, then perhaps his life could have been saved. Obviously we can say ‘Shoda, wooda, coulda, and we will never know for certain, but when you start us CCTV to replace police on the street, then the streets would be a less safer place to be. I would suggest the CCTV should be there to help police, not replace police.
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