Although some believe law enforcement cameras invade privacy and disrupt everyday lives, cameras help keep citizens safe. “Police departments across Great Britain credit cameras with dramatic crime reduction, citing such impressive results as 75 percent drop in Airdrie, Scotland, a 68 percent reduction in Glasgow, Scotland, and a 57 percent drop in Northampton” (Taylor 44+). Without the use of cameras everywhere, there would be an excessive amount of accidents, killings, burglaries, drugs, and illegal acts. The use of law enforcement cameras help decrease drug trades, capture traffic violations, and protect neighborhoods without affecting the privacy of citizens. Surveillance cameras today help police officers and other law enforcement agencies reduce drug trades.
Police Body Worn Cameras Police worn body cameras would help the public believe in police agencies again. The cameras would help minimize the complaints about officers that use unnecessary force or inappropriate behavior and vice versa from a civilian. The police worn cameras do not lie so they will protect against any false accusations, misconduct and abuse against officers or civilians. The video footage would also help in speeding up court proceedings by providing proof of the crime. The video footage could also help in reducing court costs by speeding up the court proceedings by pre-trial plea bargains or convictions.
Surveillance is used by the government for them to find out information about other people or crimes that have happened and it ensures people about public safety around there area. These cameras are used for people who steal in stores or other areas. The owners get to go back and look at the cameras to see who committed the crime at the time if they suspect something. I do not think someone is monitoring the surveillance at all hours of the day and night. I believe that only when they suspect something or see someone stealing they look at the camera for evidence to catch the person if they didn’t catch them in the moment.
Although, it seems more of a Big Brother case because how would it really benefit the citizens other than making them feel out of their comfort zone since they are being watched. McDonnell states, “‘We are using every technology advantage to improve safety in this city. Long Beach officers will now know even before they arrive what potential threats they face,’” (Winton 5). Furthermore, this seems like a benefit for the police, but not the people because if there were a shooting for example, the police will have the tape to catch the criminal. However they will not be there watching in order to prevent a death and a loss of a family member.
Monitoring and intervention: if there is a security guard monitoring the area through CCTV system, he or she may act on any suspicious behavior and thus prevent a crime from occurring. Security guards may also deploy employees to a suspicious spot or near a person detected on the monitors. Is CCTV effective in tackling crime? A Home Office review of research found that CCTV was effective in tackling vehicle crime in car parks but had limited effect on other crimes and in other locations. Improved street lighting recorded better results in a parallel study.
Racial profiling and unconstitutional searches has risen since war on drug started to become a serious issue but trust in the police has decreased (Franklin). Being able to trust the people who are supposed to protect and keep the community safe is extremely important. People shouldn’t have to worry that because of their race they will get stop or accused of something they may not have done. Body cameras can help restore people trust in the police departments by showing that. Some officers are falsely accused of abuse and some aren’t punished for abusing their power, but with body cameras it will be apparent
Many people believe that putting more security cameras in public places is not an invasion of privacy. “With the advanced technology we have now the surveillance cameras that are being used can recognize faces with face- and object-recognition software” (Kelly). “Surveillance cameras have even been used to help solve crimes” (Kelly). People are willing to risk their privacy if it means them being safe. “The U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which guards against “unreasonable searches,” gives law-abiding citizens the right to go about their daily lives without being monitored,”(Zissou) so therefore surveillance cameras wouldn’t be an invasion of priva... ... middle of paper ... ...it, it is all part of the governments steps toward trying to keep the country safe.
These cameras offer protection towards police officers and citizens when encounters between the two are recorded. However, there is a lot of debates regarding the issue of policing the police. A sustainable issue that is seen is that cameras will offer more evidence to protect both side. However, would “babysitting” the police effect their work? The cameras are simple and easy to operate states many of the LAPD police officers, and they continued on stating how the positives that come from using the cameras over shadow the cons that can come from using them.
Drug deals and robbery mostly take place during the night because it is easier to hide from the police. It has been proven that if curfew laws are enforced constantly it will reduce juvenile crimes. (Bodenhamer) I strongly believe that if there is a curfew put in place the crime rates will decrease more than ever. The law abiding citizens are going to always abide by the law but the ones who break the law are going to break the law. Curfew laws are not set for people who are obeying the law, but for those that have careless parents and attitudes.
Why do we as American's fear of becoming the victim of a crime? Reality is that we as individuals of the United States only have a two-percent chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime. Surveillance is starting to become high in demand for businesses, offices, and even inside and outside of homes solely because we are taught that crime is always happening to someone, somewhere. From personal experience, I feel as if surveillance cameras are not only one of the best ways to prevent crime, but it also increases the possibility to catch the individual(s) who choose to engage in a deviant act or actions. Although alarm systems can be effective, they do not identify who is committing the crime.