Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Bigbrother CCTV....Does it have any use?

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In 1998 the Home Office initiated a large scale CCTV Research Study: £170 million was made available for 684 installations in public spaces nationwide. 7 years and £170 million later ...here's a summary of its findings:

'Assessing the impact of CCTV' February 2005(pdf)

“Assessed on the evidence presented in this report, CCTV cannot be deemed a success. It has cost a lot of money and it has not produced the anticipated benefits. lessons were already there to be learned from previous projects and an opportunity was missed. Public money is too precious a resource and the major flaws in the way that the CCTV programme has been handled need to be highlighted and their lessons learned. … Too often CCTV has been judged on its ability to reduce crime rates, and often this will not be the best way of judging it. CCTV can, if properly designed and implemented, generate images, but unless the police and the criminal justice process make good use of them, then they will be of marginal value, and are certainly not likely to achieve major impacts.” p.120-1

"Too much must not be expected of CCTV. It is more than just a technical solution; it requires human intervention to work to maximum efficiency and the problems it helps deal with are complex. It has potential, if properly managed, often alongside other measures, and in response to specific problems, to help reduce crime and to boost the public’s feeling of safety; and it can generate other benefits. For these to be achieved though, there needs to be greater recognition that reducing and preventing crime is not easy and that ill-conceived solutions are unlikely to work no matter what the investment." p.121

What is clear is that all areas need to develop a strategy for using CCTV. Technology is still moving fast, there is likely to be more emphasis on the use of biometrics, on ‘event-led’ CCTV systems rendering them more ‘intelligent’, but these changes need to be matched by appropriate changes in policy. p120

Despite CCTV looking like a failiure....let's press on and use biometrics to make it work! where will the biometrics come from? Heard about the National ID card Labour wants to introduce...maybe it will come from there?- jasonf


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Our leaders don’t want citizens - not even the men and women who watch the CCTV screens - to use their judgement. They don’t want society to self-organise, to ‘muddle along.’ They don’t want to encourage trends: they want to correct individuals. They want reasons for differentiating this person from that person. You to the front of the class - and you to the back. The grounds are less important than the act. Surveillance as a surrogate for understanding.

More than the love of power; this betrays frustration at the complexity of society. Preferring to break a thing than continue to fail to understand it.

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