The all seeing eye

Politicians and the Police keep proclaiming that cctv makes life safer, that people feel more secure when they are being monitored, because of this there has been a major increase in the number cameras about along with the advent of mobile systems too.

The Scotsman.

DRUNK and rowdy teenagers who are plaguing residents will have nowhere to hide over the summer holidays as police launch a crackdown on youth crime.

The pre-emptive strike is designed to prevent a spate of crime and antisocial behaviour in the Morningside area after a 100 per cent increase in calls to police during the Easter break.

Temporary and mobile CCTV cameras will monitor the area, which currently has no surveillance coverage, to track down troublemakers and under-age drinkers.

However the facts tell a different story as to how safe you actually are.

1,000 cameras ‘solve one crime’

Only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city’s surveillance network has claimed.

The internal police report found the million-plus cameras in London rarely help catch criminals.

In one month CCTV helped capture just eight out of 269 suspected robbers.

David Davis MP, the former shadow home secretary, said:  “CCTV leads to massive expense and minimum effectiveness.

“It creates a huge intrusion on privacy, yet provides little or no improvement in security.

Now bearing in mind that the UK is the most cctv’d nation in the western hemisphere and there are plans to monitor inside peoples homes. Also that more than 500,000 emails are intercepted and read every year (about 1 every 60 seconds) and that local councils use the RIPA act (designed for terrorism prevention) to snoop on the general public to make sure they live in a schools catchment area or are putting the right rubbish in the right bins.

You have to wonder just when the tipping point will come, when people will finally take to the streets and say enough is enough. I don’t even think it will be a major incident, just a little straw breaking the camels back and suddenly the politicians and jobsworths will discover what people power is all about and who is actually in charge.

Can’t come too soon.

5 comments for “The all seeing eye

  1. Paul
    May 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Doubt it. Most people couldn’t give a toss.

    (I think it will be very revealing to discover what’s been happening if “the Wall falls” and the culture of secrecy is exposed, though.)

  2. May 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    What’s the point of filming everyone if hardly anyone ever gets sent to prison (unless it’s their hundredth offence, of course)? I think these pervs just like watching for the sake of it.

  3. Paul
    May 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Now bearing in mind that the UK is the most cctv’d nation in the western hemisphere and there are plans to monitor inside peoples homes.

    Bucko has a far more recent news story about something like this and it takes place in Lancashire, our own county.

  4. nemesis
    May 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Isn’t the presence of a CCTV a presumption of guilt? Our laws were always based on the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.

    • May 25, 2011 at 5:54 am

      We are slowly moving to the European model on that…

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