A View on Video Surveillance

By: Nahshon Roberts

Video surveillance has been here as early as the sixties, but when its usage became prevalent in the early nineties, individuals began to become wary of it. Some assume it is an encroachment to privacy while few are telling it's a method of abuse of authority on the government's side. A lot of people are making a business about how the appearance of surveillance cameras is getting into their nerves. However, however which way I view it, I do not see anything inappropriate with installing surveillance camera systems around the capital particularly on public locations as well as dark corridors.

The idea of security camera systems was born when crime rates began to rise and manners of terrorism started to affect the world. Little crimes, muggings, burglaries, sexual assaults, homicides, etc. are starting to become an everyday condition that the need for video security became of great significance, if not for easy identification of the perpetrators and/or victims should they be caught on tape, to avoid crimes from happening through the installation of the surveillance camera. Yes, even the installance of a security camera may stop an individual with trouble in mind on his tracks.

After the September 11 World Trade Center attack, video surveillance system has become well-known as ever. Airports and all main ports of entry have upped their security systems a few notches and establishments have more CCTV cams that can cover every square inch of the building than what is essential but it is functioning. It has made the job of following and identifying people with prior violent records easier for the authorities, more so with nabbing individuals who are showcasing suspicious behavior. In the UK, the security cameras themselves can deal with violators right then and there by attaching a speaker to the unit. That's definitely pretty smart.

However, it's not only the government that benefits from this, private offices, shop owners, as well as home makers are recognizing the importance of a security camera system. A surveillance camera at a strategic location at a store is enough to substitute a human security personnel, and they do not sleep on duty unless you fail to monitor and update the system. Organizations large and small are having their workplaces all connected. A CCTV camera system is commonly the major pick but a wireless security camera for hidden surveillance is also very popular. Same holds true for private residences. You may be somewhere else in the world away from home and still see the goings-on inside your house, at the workplace, or at the store. Isn't that such a big help?

Video surveillance is not bad at all when utilized within reasonable limits. In fact, everything is. Surveillance camera systems in public locations as in shopping centers, subways, trains, learning institutions, corners, parking areas, and the like, definitely have more gains contrary to what a couple of persons would have us believe. If you are not doing anything inappropriate, then why would that be a predicament? You're still free to perform whatever you like as long as you are not breaking the rules. Still with the matter of having a cop video surveillance system inside private houses would be taking it somewhat far off. I presume a home owner could very well acquire a home security cam of his own if he thinks he requires it. The logic is to not oversensationalize it. If the only concern here is privacy, I'd rather be safe.

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