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  • cnick001
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    Very true, they do help, but it must be stressed that cameras are a tool, not a replacement for security and law enforcement officers.

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  • EMTGuard
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    I think they help.
    On several occasions I have driven up on pedestrians and motorists loitering near the fence or gates of the plant where I work. Sure there's nothing illegal about walking or driving slowly along our fenceline but when I point out the cameras looking at us and mention that there are a couple of people watching and recording everything and those people want to know what they are doing along our fence then the pedestrian or motorist usually leaves the area never to be seen or heard from again. If they insist on hanging around I park nearby, make a point of watching them and wave at the camera occasionaly.
    If they know the cameras are around and are being monitored they are less likely to cause problems.

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  • cnick001
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    Sometimes I really wish our "dummy" cameras were operational (they are real cameras, but the wires were all cut in an unknown place during recent construction). The cameras might deter adults and the like, but the kids around here completely ignore them, both now, and when they worked.

    Recently at my old college, Rutgers, the State University of NJ, over 30 security personnel were laid off and replaced by 700 some cameras. However it's becoming quickly obvious that drunk students care nothing about the cameras, and that a camera can't direct traffic, escort a student home during afterhours, or give immediate medical aid to an injured person.
    Further it's obvious that while one of the cameras might be out of view and catch a unknowing criminal in action, it can do little to stop an assualt or rape in progress.

    Camera's provide a feeling of safeness, and limited safety by deturrent, but in all honesty, once there are cameras everywhere, will crime stop?
    Last edited by cnick001; 09-14-2006, 03:49 AM.

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  • Lawson
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    I disagree. I have seen people come to the sites I have worked at ridiculous hours... (like 3 am when the business closed at 6 or 7 pm ). They stop and look at the big sign that says "Facility monitored by CCTV and Security" they glance around and when they see our cameras they turn around and walk off.

    Good thing too, because it is usually only my car that is in the parking lot.

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  • HotelSecurity
    started a topic Are cameras really a deterent?

    Are cameras really a deterent?

    I found this article tonight: http://www.nbc4.tv/news/9841925/detail.html

    If I were a tax payer I'd speak to the council person. My experience shows that cameras DO NOT deter. IF monitored they help cut down the response time. They are good if you have a suspect & want to confirm that it was him. As for putting them on city streets Montreal experience seems to show that the criminals simply move to nearby streets that don't have the cameras.

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