The Big Question: Are CCTV cameras a waste of money in the fight against crime? – The Independent

Posted May 7th, 2008 in closed circuit television, crime, special report by sally

“Why are we asking this now?

This is one man’s view of how effective CCTV has been so far: ‘It’s been an utter fiasco: only 3 per cent of crimes were solved by CCTV. There’s no fear of CCTV. Why don’t people fear it? (They think) the cameras are not working.’ This is not some disgruntled or ill-informed citizen talking. The speaker is Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, head of the Visual Images, Identifications and Detections Office (Viido) at New Scotland Yard, speaking this week at a security World Conference.”

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The Independent, 7th May 2008