CCTV Security Fad Fails

CCTV2_228x342.jpg London probably has more security cameras per square inch than any other city, and:
The billions of pounds spent covering Britain with CCTV cameras has been an “utter fiasco” and failed to slash crime, Scotland Yard’s surveillance chief has said.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville said a Metropolitan Police pilot project found just three per cent of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV images.

He claimed the vast swathes of money spent on cameras had been wasted because criminals don’t fear the cameras.

Billions spent on CCTV have failed to cut crime and led to an ‘utter fiasco’, says Scotland Yard surveillance chief, Just 3% of street robberies in London solved, By DANIEL BATES, Daily Mail, Last updated at 13:48pm on 6th May 2008

Needless to say, there are numerous efforts planned to make the cameras pay anyway.

The basic problem is:

But Mr Neville also castigated the police and claimed officers can’t be bothered to seek out CCTV images because it’s “hard work”.
CCTV is not the only security fad that hasn’t panned out:
For every 800 DNA samples being added by the police – including those taken from innocent people – only one crime is being solved.
We’ll see if either of these white elephant programs get terminated. I’m not holding my breath.


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