Cameras No Answer To Crime Problems

Cameras No Answer To Crime Problems
Posted by CN Staff on April 08, 2004 at 07:27:25 PT
Source: Montreal Gazette 
Is Big Brother watching you? Starting May 1, and for the duration of the summer, he will be, in the central city blocks defined by Sherbrooke, Berri and Sanguinet Sts. and René Lévesque Blvd. People who know Montreal will recognize this area as a likely place to score some drugs. Which is why the Ville Marie borough council has approved a plan to install outdoor surveillance cameras for four months, and see what good they will do.
No one is likely to react favourably to the idea of what amounts to a giant two-way mirror in the sky. However discreet, surveillance cameras create an atmosphere of containment. They imply unsafe conditions even where these do not exist. In or out of sight, they are ugly.But those who equate public surveillance with George Orwell need to step back, relax and ponder the realities of urban life. To walk down any public street is, ipso facto, to surrender some privacy. You don't like being watched? Then you had better stay at home. People-watching is part of everyone's Montreal summer.If you're concerned specifically about electronic surveillance you are scarcely better off. Cameras are ubiquitous in shopping centres and other privately controlled areas that we all regard as public. As technology advances, these cameras promise to be harder and harder to detect. And face-recognition software is already with us. Snipped:  Complete Article: Montreal Gazette (CN QU)Published: Thursday, April 08, 2004Copyright: 2003 The Gazette, a division of Southam Inc.Contact: letters Website: Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Canadian Links To Monitor Drug-Ridden Montreal District Crime Rate at a 20-Year High Drug Users Going To Jail, Statscan Finds 
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on April 09, 2004 at 06:03:15 PT:
Smile, You're on Candid Camera
Newshawks April 8"Recent anti-grow propaganda on the news. Pot comedy about Trump & Crosby and the new Dutch roommate.
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