Monday, January 12, 2009

Study Critical of San Francisco Surveillance Cameras

"SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- San Francisco’s surveillance cameras in high-crime areas do not prevent violent crime, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California.
The long-awaited study by the UC Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society found the program is hurt by lack of training and oversight, a failure to integrate footage with other police efforts, poor quality cameras, and what may be a fundamental weakness of cameras as anti-crime devices.

Mayor Newsom began the program four years ago, but out of concern for people’s privacy, police are not allowed to monitor cameras in real time. Investigators must wait until a crime is reported before looking at footage."

Read the report by clicking here.

Cutting ribbons on CCTV projects may help get politicians re-elected, but let's finally stop saying that cameras "prevent" crime. Properly configured, positioned, maintained ... and with good timing, they "may" assist investigators in solving crimes. But "prevent" crime ...

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