Cameras help fight crime

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    Cameras help fight crime

    I know many people are scared of all the cameras filming us in our modern day. Look how they help police possibly catch trash like these guys. Click on the video and watch one man steal the old man's wallet.



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    I personally have no problem with being taped when in public. I know that whenever I go into a store or someplace I'll be seen on at least one camera and it's not a big deal. CCTV helps prevent crime and when crime does happen it helps to catch and prosecute the criminal.

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    Just more thug trash in action...no morals, no values, only thinking of self, and everything is someone else's fault...
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    So how did that stop crime?
    Looks like a crime to me.

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    Angry Sheep Feel Safer

    Cameras merely record activities. If a camera happens to record a crime, it may improve the probability the criminal is apprehended. Criminals may in fact merely move their activities to camera free zones. That sounds familiar, eh?

    Given the cost of the original installation, the maintenance, the monitoring, and the like, contrasted with it's value, is it worth the price?

    I tend to believe not, and believe cameras are merely a feel-good exercise undertaken by politicians and law enforcement to try to make the public "Feel Safer".

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    The crime was not stopped by the cameras, not even good detail of what happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by searcher 45 View Post
    The crime was not stopped by the cameras, not even good detail of what happened.
    In this mornings newspaper, someone notified police of the man's identity who picked up the wallet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    Cameras merely record activities. If a camera happens to record a crime, it may improve the probability the criminal is apprehended. Criminals may in fact merely move their activities to camera free zones. That sounds familiar, eh?

    Given the cost of the original installation, the maintenance, the monitoring, and the like, contrasted with it's value, is it worth the price?

    I tend to believe not, and believe cameras are merely a feel-good exercise undertaken by politicians and law enforcement to try to make the public "Feel Safer".


    Studies in the UK (with the highest camera to citizen ratio) show no reduction in crime and confirm that criminals do move their activities to camera free zones.

    Waste of tax money on "Feel Good" manta of "the government will protect you."
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    time to remove that camera.
    it did not stop crime and must be defective.

    by the same argument My XD is defective also as it did not jump up and shoot someone on its own.

    (Does that stupid argument sound familiar?)
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    I can see how a camera may be just one of many tools in the fight against crime. A camera as shown here does not 'stop' a crime, it does help in the apprehension of the criminal and retrieval of property in some cases. I'm all for that.

    I tend to think a camera will discourage some, but not others (as seen here). Kind of like there is no way to prove that x amount of guns prevented x amount of crime.

    I think the camera thing is over rated, kind of like the gun free zones.

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    Why not ask the UK where there are cameras on almost every street corner, and how it has been a major (NOT) crime deterrent in their country....
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    Cameras are more of a prosecuting tool than anything else. They help convict bad guys...

    I never understand why most security cameras as in such terrible places! You can't see anything in them. Place at least one camera on the door so that you can see everyone who comes in or out in the face at least. Geeze!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nutz4utwo View Post
    Cameras are more of a prosecuting tool than anything else. They help convict bad guys...

    I never understand why most security cameras as in such terrible places! You can't see anything in them. Place at least one camera on the door so that you can see everyone who comes in or out in the face at least. Geeze!
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