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Auckland unleashes CCTV on you

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Jun-2008 14:49

I just received a press release where RoamAD, Kordia, Advanced Security Group Ltd and the Newmarket Police say how great it is that Wi-Fi CCTV security cameras are being deployed in Auckland's Newmarket suburb.


"CCTV helps prevent crime and also detect offenders and save evidence after crime has been committed. The wireless CCTV network not only enhances security over property but also greatly improves security for the people in and around Newmarket – shoppers, visitors and staff of the businesses operating in Newmarket,"’ said the office in charge of Newmarket Police, Wendy Spiller.

The monitoring personnel and street patrol units work in concert to hunt out potential problems and take action in full view of the cameras before an issue escalates.

"We are able to act on anything undesirable almost immediately. The monitoring personnel can focus and zoom the cameras on any problem area from within the police station, while simultaneously talking to a security patrol out on the streets. Images from the cameras are recorded and stored 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are immediately available to the Police,"’ said Newmarket Business Association general manager and project leader, Cameron Brewer.

"It’s a truly unique public-private partnership that has never been done on this scale and with this level of technology ever before in a New Zealand town centre," added Mr. Brewer.


This would be great if recent studies of CCTV programmes in London (UK) had not shown that CCTV are an invasion of privacy more than an effective security measure.

CCTV does not stop crime:


And researchers found that some of the schemes were botched, making them less effective. Six of the 14 control rooms were left unstaffed for part of the day or night. And in some cases, cameras could not capture clear images at night due to the glare from artificial lights.

The findings come as a blow to the Home Office, which has trumpeted CCTV as a key crime-fighting weapon for the past 10 years.

The report's author, Professor Martin Gill of the University of Leicester, said: "For supporters these findings are disappointing. For the most part CCTV did not produce reductions in crime and did not make people feel safer."

The only one of the 14 schemes found to be a success was targeted at car parks, where it led to a significant drop in vehicle crime. Other schemes in city centres, residential areas and hospitals produced no clear benefits.


CCTV boom has failed to slash crime, says police
CCTV doesn't reduce crime in UK
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What would you suggest? Do we need a nanny state? Do we need a surveillance police state?

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