A victory for privacy over world of surveillance | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

A victory for privacy over world of surveillance

But the debate, based around the proposition ''Better more cameras than more crime'', centred not so much on the principles of privacy as it did on whether or not CCTV cameras worked in reducing crime.

The affirmative said they did. Speaking for the opposition, Paul Wilson, who was chief investigator on the largest evidence-based CCTV research program conducted in Australia, said they aided in detection for only a handful of crimes in his research: a man urinating on a beach, a man running naked, someone gesturing with two fingers behind a police officer.

''In [Britain] only 3 per cent of street crimes were solved,'' he said of a country held up as the gold standard for camera saturation.

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA