Argument: Crime cameras are cost-effective only when used properly
Andy McSmith. "The Big Question: Are CCTV cameras a waste of money in the fight against crime?". The Independent. May 7, 2008 - Should the cameras be scrapped?
No one is seriously suggesting that all CCTV cameras should be dismantled, though many people would like to see fewer of them. The issue is how they are used. The Data Protection Act, and the Information Commissioner's guidelines say that all cameras should be visible, with clear signs, and tapes should be stored safely. CameraWatch, an independent pressure group, reckons that up to 90 per cent of CCTV operators are breaking the law, though that is denied by the Information Commissioner. But even where they are being operated legally, it seems, they are not being used properly.