CCTV works

First published in Letters

IN response to PL Cartlidge’s recent comments about CCTV cameras in Wirral, as a serving police officer I find those comments ill thought out and the facts are CCTV does deter crime and is a proven asset in the gathering of evidence.

The service provided by the hard-working council staff is excellent and, I can assure him, very professional. It is not a "secret security force".

As an example, the evidence gathered from CCTV during the [August 2011] disturbances in Birkenhead proved valuable in convicting those responsible.

PB by email.

 

 

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10:58am Sat 19 Jan 13

chazChance says...

CCTV would be more effective if public access was allowed, as in many other areas. When the public are aware that they may be under observation, their behaviour reflects that awareness.

Without this openess, cctv will always be seen as a "secret security force", spying on the public, instead a welcome protection.

What have you got to hide? Nothing? Then there is no excuse for not opening it to the public.
CCTV would be more effective if public access was allowed, as in many other areas. When the public are aware that they may be under observation, their behaviour reflects that awareness. Without this openess, cctv will always be seen as a "secret security force", spying on the public, instead a welcome protection. What have you got to hide? Nothing? Then there is no excuse for not opening it to the public. chazChance
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