Thursday, June 05, 2008

The writing's on the wall

Want to know what I think about CCTV? No. Thought not. But if you did, I have had a previous rant on the subject (read it here). CCTV really is not the panacea some people assume it is. It can be an effective crime prevention tool. It can provide security and a feeling of safety. But in far too many cases it's poorly sited, the picture quality is not good enough for identification, or it simply isn't needed and becomes intrusive.

This wall scrawl is just off Oxford Street - one of the busiest streets in the world. The author must have had some pretty strong feelings on the subject to have taken the risk to make their statement.

STOP PRESS - Popbitch posted this photo just this evening taken in the Placa de George Orwell in Barcelona. Life imitating art?

7 comments:

Jon M said...

Surely there'll be some grainy image of the scrawler that will enable the local bobby to go round and give 'im a clip round the ear! Never did me any harm! hmmmmm.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Ah, Jon ... do I detect a hint of irony in there? As it happens, one of my daughters' cars was 'keyed' recently and the whole thing captured on CCTV ... but, as you point out, the image was so grainy that the police declared it worthless. The CCTV system involved cost £15,000 and was paid for by public money ...

willow said...

Big Brother better get some new specs.

The Factory said...

In many cases, the images are fairly hopeless, especially if they are in that stop-motion format. Also the cameras often just tend to displace the crime to another area that isn't similarly watched.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Willow - Big Brother needs to rethink the whole business! One camera per every 14 people in the UK? It's madness.

Factory - Very true. Or, as the kids quickly discovered over here, you simply put the hood up on your tracksuit. Why do you think there are so many so-called 'Hoodies'?

Carmelita said...

Good post.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Thanks Carmelita. Pleasure to have you aboard!