There’s been a bit of a stir here in the lower mainland over the surveillance cameras that were installed last week, and will be turned on Feb. 1 for the Olympic and Paralympic games. Just under 1000 cameras according to this article from the CBC. All the talk now is about if the cameras will stay after the games, which end March 28th.
Although according to this, thousands of unnamed, private cameras are already pointed at the downtown core.
When I first moved to England it was a bit of an adjustment getting used to the country’s 4.2 million cameras. I recall having one right on the outside bank of my flat, but after a while you forget about it, and it gave me a little bit of a sense of security, however false it may have been. As reports have shown in the UK that the presence of cameras in certain areas only pushes the crime to areas where cameras are not, and that they do not so much prevent crime, but tell the facts after. Of course one could argue this still helps in the overall process.
I’m really on the fence here; I can see the arguments for and against.
What do you think?