'Surveillance' cameras miss crime | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

'Surveillance' cameras miss crime

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Scott Miller at Argenta News illustrates a shortcoming of the growing popularity of surveillance cameras.

If nobody monitors them -- and if recordings aren't made of what they see -- they aren't of much use.

When the owner of Cafe La Pace inquired what the security camera (see picture above) a little over 100 feet from his business showed during the time period when his furniture was stolen, he was told the images are not recorded. The same thing has been told to victims of other crimes downtown over the last few months.

So why did the City spend tens of thousands of dollars for cameras which are being used for visual deterrence only? Couldn't the City just have bought the camera cases only and mounted those for the same deterrence factor, saving thousands of dollars? The cameras are monitored during large events downtown, but is a safe downtown only for those attending large events?

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