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More CCTV, Less Crime!

Posted on the 23 September 2011 by Mikeb302000
What if the solution to crime is simple and doesn't lead to accidental injury or death?
CCTV is beginning to proliferate in urban areas: whether they are governmental cameras, or ones owned by private citizens. In 2006, there was an estimated 4.2m CCTV cameras in Britain - about one for every 14 people. It was said that you couldn't travel across country without being on some form of CCTV.
And they are very useful at solving crimes. For example, the Rian Thal murder was caught on the CCTV cameras of her condo complex. The first arrest happened within 4 days of the crime. The crime was solved in a week.
Likewise, UK rioters were caught and prosecuted based upon CCTV footage.
My street has at least two privately owned cameras, which is why I am writing this. One of the cameras was useful in convicting the burglars who broke into another neighbour's house. There was a time stamped video of the crime.
What gets better is that cameras can send their images to multiple, remote locations. That means the robber would need to know where the remote locations were to prevent the video from being saved. CCTV footage that was saved remotely helped convict some crooked Philadelphia Cops.
Ultimately, it's hard to deny the photographic witness's testimony. And criminals hate witnesses.
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