Argument: Crime cameras help catch criminals and get them off the street
"Facts about Crime cameras and the city of New Orleans". From the Office of Mayor Nagin - What is the purpose of the cameras? Crime cameras are useful in fighting illegal activity. They record activities in the areas they cover and thus create an instant record of what is happening. These cameras help to identify who is involved with specific crimes and provide a deterrent to those who know the cameras are installed.
Ken Garcia. "Debate over crime cameras brings out the clueless in S.F.". The Examiner. January 20, 2007 - No one has ever said cameras stop crime, but they may deter some and they definitely catch them on film. Last year surveillance cameras led to the apprehension of a man who shot a 13-year-old girl in the Western Addition, and also provided footage of a midday murder just blocks from there in 2005.
"Eye on the City: Do Cameras Reduce Crime?". Marcus Baram. "Eye on the City: Do Cameras Reduce Crime?". ABC. July 9, 2007 - Over the last few years, the Chicago Police Department has set up more than 500 cameras throughout the city. And the CPD claims that the web of surveillance has been an important crime-fighting tool, resulting in more than 1,200 arrests since February 2006.
"Our preliminary research shows that they are effective, especially left in places for over 180 days," said Jonathan Lewin, the CPD's commander of information services. "Once it's in, it's hard to move because the community loves it. If they don't see the camera there one day, we get calls."
The cameras have provided valuable forensic evidence in crime and terror investigations, such as the recent blundered car bombings and the July 7, 2005, terror attacks in London where British officials were able to track the movements of the perpetrators and make arrests.
"Facts about Crime cameras and the city of New Orleans". From the Office of Mayor Nagin - 3. Is there a record of success using the cameras? Yes, the cameras have proven helpful. The video evidence captured on the cameras is being used in several cases being prosecuted by the federal government.
Leslie Williams. "Police arrest suspect in videotaped attempted armed robbery". The Times-Picayune. December 10th, 2008 - A widely circulated video -- featured for days on NOLA.com -- helped police nab a suspect who attempted to rob a man at gunpoint near the intersection of Philip and Tchoupitoulas streets.
After receiving a Crimestopper's tip, a Sixth District Task Force unit arrested Donald Myles, 23, in the 2800 block of Chippewa Street Tuesday night. He was booked with attempted armed robbery in the incident that occurred Nov. 24 about 8:45 p.m. in the 400 block of Philip Street.
In the video, the suspect pulls out a handgun on a man who surprisingly turns his back on the assailant and keeps walking.
"The victim, " according to police, ". . . advised the suspect that there were several surveillance cameras in the area."
"Cameras have cut violence, study says". The Washington Post. February 21, 2008 - According to the report, police have collected images from the cameras that could be used in investigations: 112 for potential court proceedings, 13 that helped identify suspects or witnesses, nine that depicted events immediately before or after crimes and seven that showed crimes in progress.
"Crime cameras". Sunday Times. October 26, 2008 - I think people and businesses in the community will support the installation of cameras at strategic locations such as the corner of road 701 and 751 (an area noted for hijackings and armed robberies of taxi passengers) and the unit 9 circle. The public and police can locate places in the suburbs where further cameras can be installed, including shopping centres.
Given the high rates of crime, hijackings and drug abuse in our suburbs, these high-mast cameras can be of vital help to the police.
Benjamin Wachs. "Crime cameras work, but SF doesn't work the cameras". SF Weekly. Jun. 27 2008 - municipalities have had crime camera programs that work. We’ve previously reported about the success of Washington D.C.’s crime cameras, which reduced crime by 19 percent in areas covered by cameras and helped catch suspects.
Anna Claridge. "Cameras a fact of life". The Press (New Zealand). July 29, 2006. - Ten years down the track, and after the initial hysteria, the presence of cameras in Christchurch is largely unchallenged.
The pictures are viewed by a roster of about 60 volunteers in a room at Christchurch Central Police Station. A small joystick on a keyboard allows them to rotate the cameras or zoom in on people hundreds of metres away.
And their crime-fighting record speaks for itself. In the past decade, police camera footage from Christchurch has been used as vital evidence in several murder trials, rapes, serious assaults and most recently the high-profile stabbing of a preacher in Cathedral Square.
Retail cameras have also had an affect on crime. Remember the grainy image of murdered prostitute Suzie Sutherland caught on camera in her final hours, buying food at a convenience store? Or just two weeks ago, the last moment Wellington murder victim Tony Stanlake was seen alive, caught through the lens of a closed- circuit television camera at a Bunnings Hardware store?