Increase in Surveillance Cameras in Public Places

Increase in security cameras in public places has raised security and privacy concerns among many people. Such cameras are meant to improve security and deter crime in public places but some people still feel that such increase in surveillance cameras in public places is a threat to their personal freedom and privacy (Ashby, 2017). However, increase in surveillance cameras in public places is a good thing because it helps in preventing and investigating crime.

Installation of more surveillance cameras in public places is positive thing because it prevents crime. Research shows that surveillance cameras play a significant role in preventing crime in public places including car parks and other settings (Piza et al. 2017). Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras encourage active monitoring of public places thereby discouraging criminals from executing crime because of the fear that they are under surveillance. Surveillance cameras also help in detecting offenders, weapons, and any threat to public safety thus allowing security forces to respond promptly (Ashby, 2017) Crime is more likely to occur in public areas without surveillance cameras than the ones with such cameras. This proves the benefit of installing more surveillance cameras in public places.

Moreover, more surveillance cameras usually help police to solve crime whenever it occurs because they provide reliable data to during investigations. According to a study conducted by Ashby (2017), the British Transport Police’s surveillance cameras were found to be useful investigation tools that could be used in various types of crime. Likewise, the surveillance cameras in the New South Wales’ rail network enabled police to tackle 24.8% of the cases recorded by the cameras and promoted 18% increase in the clearance rate although 21% of the captured by the cameras were not requested (Morgan & Dowling, 2019). Surveillance cameras are essential tools which provides enough and reliable evidence during investigations to increase clearance rates.

In conclusion, installing more surveillance cameras in public places is an excellent strategy to prevent crime and improve the reliability of data used for investigations. Criminals are less likely to offend when they are aware that they are being monitored. Also, surveillance cameras can detect potential offenders and weapons early enough to allow police to respond appropriately. The data collected by the CCTV cameras is used as identify evidence during investigations. Apparently, surveillance cameras should be increased in public places because they contribute immensely to crime reduction and public safety.  


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