Do More Cameras Equal More Safety?

By: Leonard Horton Email
By: Leonard Horton Email

Many cities across the nation are beefing up security, adding cameras in neighborhoods to keep an eye on crime.

In February 2004, the kidnapping of Carlie Brucia was caught on tape. In June 2005, Tallahassee Police say a man was filmed dragging what they say was a dead body into a car. Would our world be safer if there were more cameras?

"There are times when it is a bit dark or hazy. Cameras may deter somebody from doing something wrong," says Buddy Harper.

"As long as they are not infringing on people's privacy...we could always use an extra pair of eyes. Cameras don't tell lies," says Rory Robbins of the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Police officers in Jacksonville are looking to put more cameras in high crime areas, mounting them onto poles across the city.

Cities like Las Vegas, Washington and Chicago have all installed cameras in an attempt to reduce crime.

In December 2003, the city of Tallahassee had cameras installed in city buses.

In December 2006, a Tallahassee elementary school installed cameras around campus following an attempted kidnapping.

"I think crime happens everywhere. You have to face that fact. I think high crime areas and drug areas are absolutely a good place to put a camera. But, outside playgrounds would also be a good place. I don't think there is a bad place you could put a camera," says Russell Meades.

Tallahassee's police department has not made any formal announcement about adding cameras. The city does have cameras in place at various intersections to monitor traffic patterns.

In Georgia, the Thomas County Sheriff's Department has purchased a video enhancement system to better assist investigators who use surveillance footage.


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