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  •  Is the whole concept obsolete? (4+ / 0-)

    In 1972 cameras were huge and expensive.

    Eyes and ears are available now as cheap electronics.

    Imagine locally controlled CCTV. 24/7 coverage, footage goes away unless the neighborhood releases it to authorities. The neighborhood knows where the coverage gaps are, so they can make out and smoke weed without getting recorded.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:51:57 AM PDT

    •  This is off the neighborhood watch bit (4+ / 0-)

      but I live at the end of 3 interlocking dead end roads, 1 way in, one way out, last house.

      It takes the police a little bit to get here, when they AREN'T busy.

      Cameras would possibly allow the police to find the people who victimized me AFTER I was victimized. They wouldn't prevent jack shit.

      People in the neighborhood milling about provide deterrence.

      •  Cameras are not useless (0+ / 0-)

        I live in New York and one place I lived I had a neighbor who had served in Vietnam. He was disabled and probably drank too much be he was always around and kept an eye on things. So I agree with you foot traffic on the street is very useful to deter crimes of opportunity.

        He told me a story about the neighborhood. Back when the crack epidemic was getting going some dealers had moved in across the street. So he went to salvation army and found an old CCTV camera and installed it his window, pointed at the house across the street. He kept the blinds closed as if police were conducting serveilence. The dealers moved out within the week.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 11:33:54 PM PDT

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