Here’s a BBC story that came out when I was on vacation.
Only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city’s surveillance network has claimed.
The internal police report found the million-plus cameras in London rarely help catch criminals.
In one month CCTV helped capture just eight out of 269 suspected robbers. […]
Nationwide, the government has spent £500m on CCTV cameras.
But Det Sup Michael Michael McNally, who commissioned the report, conceded more needed to be done to make the most of the investment. […]
“There are some concerns, and that’s why we have a number of projects on-going at the moment.”
I’m not surprised by the findings. Nor am I surprised that a Home Office spokeswoman said CCTVs “help communities feel safer,” as if one should spend £500m on feeling safer rather than actually providing more security by paying for alternative crime-prevention techniques that have been proven more effective.