May 30 2007 Britain is the most surveillance state in the west, but most of the people living there is k with it. And Harris Poll did a study in America which showed that 96% of the people living there taught that video surveillance was a good thing. Christine Barbell has put together the most common arguments for videos surveillance in her article Arguments and Reasons For Using Video Surveillance published in January 2010. According to Barbell video surveillance gives the citizens a peace of mind. She writes that having a camera always watching you gives you some inner peace.
You know that if a crime scene occurs the police are not far away and if you leave your home there is at least something watching it. Barbell also writes that it can provide crime deterrent. If someone is thinking of making a crime, maybe rob someone, if the one thinking of committing the crime spots a camera it’s likely that he or she re consider doing the crime. But if the criminal do commit to the crime, video surveillance can help solving the case, which is Christine Barbell’s fourth argument for video surveillance. Cameras can be a huge part in solving a crime.
You can see when its done, who did it (in some cases not), and if there were any witnesses. In the article she points out that video surveillance is really useful for companies wanting to monitor and keep an eye on the productivity. They can have cameras watching over the workers as they work to see if they are productive or not. But she also says that some think that it will cause problems between the employer and the worker. Analyzing trends is the last argument for video surveillance that Christine Barbell points out.
The fact that impasse can monitor where most people gather and at what time makes it a lot easier for them to put ads and posters up so that gets to as many people as possible. But even taught most of the people (in the US at least) are k with video surveillance there is people who are against it. Will Byrne says in his article that many people feel a lot safer when there is a security camera around, that people think there will be fewer crimes within the area the camera is watching. But they shouldn’t. Rene points to a study which shows the mount of crimes became greater in the area they put cameras up in some cases. He means that it’s not proven to be effective, which is a point in Christina’s article about arguments against video surveillance There is a bunch more arguments against video surveillance and Christine Barbell has put together the most common ones in one article. Invasion of privacy is the first argument on her list. She says that this is the most common argument among the ones that are against video surveillance.
Most people are k with there being security cameras in public places, but what hey are against is the hidden cameras that invade on our privacy. The fact that video surveillance gets misused and abused quite a lot makes people against it. Barbell says that the people who have access to the recorded media may abuse it and that Youth is a great example of that. Most people in those “funny”‘ movies may not think that it is that funny. Video surveillance is a highly debated subject and will probably continue to grow as the surveillance grows. But the question is, is it good or bad?