Counterarguments to Using CCTV Security Cameras

As the use of CCTV cameras increases in the United States and around the world, debate about their number and motives also increases. There are many arguments for video surveillance including peace of mind, loss prevention, crime deterrence and crime fighting, but what about the other side of the story? Thousands of individuals and groups oppose video surveillance, and many of them have extremely valid arguments. What are the consequences of giving “Big Brother” access to all of our public life? Will this eventually lead to the invasion of our private lives? When does it become too much? The ACLU has an entire website, You Are Being Watched, dedicated to the “high cost of camera surveillance systems, both in terms of money and civil liberties,” and that’s just one example of a group taking action.

So what are some of the main arguments against using CCTV surveillance systems? Just take a look…

violation of privacy – This is the most common argument against surveillance systems. No one likes the idea of ​​being watched, yet we still see surveillance cameras on many more street corners and light poles. Cities usually justify these additions by saying they monitor and prevent crime, which is legitimate, but many people, both innocent and not, would prefer the cameras weren’t there. While video surveillance is more widely accepted in public areas, that sentiment comes into play more when covert and hidden cameras are used in private areas. Laws are for now enforcing restrictions in this area, but the main concern is the future of citizen privacy.

mistrust – Using security cameras in your home or business may make residents feel suspicious. When your family members or co-workers are under constant surveillance, there is likely to be hostility and hostility in the air. The feeling that every move you make is being monitored and recorded is not only creepy, it’s downright frightening. Even the most trusted employees can get paranoid and nervous with a camera trained on their cubicle all day. No more nodding off, checking Facebook, texting or doodling, you’re being watched!

Not proven effective – Studies conducted in California and London found that surveillance cameras had little to no effect in reducing crime rates. With an increase in the sheer number of cameras in many major cities, many replacing human security guards, this is a powerful argument that will be the primary target of many opposing groups. I think we can all agree that there is no substitute for a thinking, acting, problem-solving human police officer or security guard, and if we start relying on cameras as a pure deterrent then how do we plan to stop crime while do they happen?

abuse and abuse – The footage captured by CCTV cameras becomes vulnerable to misuse and abuse by those who have access to it. For example, the footage can be used for discrimination against people and voyeurism. In the age of the internet, this is another big thing, as can be seen from all the “hilarious” YouTube videos. I doubt the subjects would find most of them that funny. This is obviously related to the issue of invasion of privacy and is one of the main concerns of activists. All it takes is one “funny dude” security guard to post footage or stills of someone doing something embarrassing or what they shouldn’t be doing and reputation will be ruined, privacy erased and those who care Resisting CCTV will have more ammo.

All these reasons are valid arguments against video surveillance. There are many cities and countries that have massive surveillance systems in place and we are likely to see a large increase in public surveillance in the near future. So the more the public knows about the industry and their rights etc, the better everyone can prepare for when it happens in your little corner of the world.

Do you have other arguments against using security camera systems? What are your thoughts? Will you fight them or willingly open your “public” life to observation? Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions.

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