Stars of CCTV


London has 10,000 crime-fighting CCTV cameras which cost £200 million, figures show today.

But an analysis of the publicly funded spy network, which is owned and controlled by local authorities and Transport for London, has cast doubt on its ability to help solve crime.

A comparison of the number of cameras in each London borough with the proportion of crimes solved there found that police are no more likely to catch offenders in areas with hundreds of cameras than in those with hardly any.





0 responses to “Stars of CCTV”

  1. mupwangle

    I thought that the whole point of CCTV wasn’t to solve crime but to move it from well lit commercial areas to less well lit residential areas.

  2. Gary

    Heh heh heh.

  3. From the same article: the average crime clear-up rate for London is only 21%. That’s pathetic.

  4. Gary

    It’s hardly surprising when there’s what, 3,000 new crimes that have hit the books in the last ten years?

  5. “Every Step You Take” is an excellent, critical new documentary about video surveillance in Britain (it has just premiered at some film festivals, coming on DVD soon):