“What we have been able to show is that CCTV didn’t reduce crime – if anything it has increased – and it didn’t reduce fear of crime. If anything there was a slight increase in anxiety.”
Dat was de duidelijke conclusie van Jason Ditton van het Scottish Centre for Criminology. Ditton voerde een onderzoek uit naar de effecten van camerabewaking in Glasgow.
“The cameras were so vastly overhyped as a magic bullet cure for everything when they were introduced, that we were all blinded to the fact that this was a small addition in police terms, but a rather large incursion in civil liberty terms.”