Posted by: reisendame | October 1, 2007

Cameras can make cities safer: can’t they do the same for a college campus?

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New York Mayor Bloomberg said Monday that security cameras, like London’s “ring of steel,” are a necessary protection in our dangerous world. During his London visit, the mayor was given a demonstration of this network of cameras and road barriers that was introduced in 1998 to protect the business district from Irish Republican Army bombings.

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Bloomberg hopes to implement similar tactics in the Big Apple, and believes that a thorough surveillance system can protect cities from terrorist threats and reduce crime rates. Andrew Mellor, a superintendent for London’s anti-terrorism force says that “the ring of steel has had a dramatic effect on crime in this environment.”

There are two sides to this coin. On one hand, we can see this technology as an opportunity to keep our families and friends safe from violence and crime. On the other hand, there is the threat that we’ve once again been bereft of privacy rights and that our country really may morph into an Orwellian surveillance state. In my opinion, city streets are public venues, and cameras there are probably going to be more beneficial than harmful.

Actually, I think that video surveillance can be helpful in a number of public places, namely on a college campus.

If cameras were utilized at schools in an appropriate way, students would be better protected. For example, if there had been a surveillance system set up in Quinnipiac’s dorm hallways, then the administration may have been able to catch two racist vandals that have, at present, successfully commited hate crimes and escaped the crime scenes unscathed.

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Just Sunday night a University of Memphis football player was shot dead in an apparently targeted attack right near a housing complex. Here, security cameras could help identify the cold-blooded killer.

I fully support the rights of all people, American or not. Privacy is one of those rights. However, I believe that cameras in public places do not infringe on a person’s right to privacy. Of course, they won’t solve every problem. They would certainly help, though.

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