Thursday, January 21, 2010

Does CCTV Reduce Crime?

In 2005 the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate published an extensive review, ‘Assessing the impact of CCTV’. It set out to evaluate 13 of the 352 CCTV projects set up under the 1999-2003 round of the Prevention Budget, and it found that CCTV had a negligible effect on crime rates in the areas they monitored.

In August 2009, in an internal report written by [Detective Chief Inspector] Neville and released by the Metropolitan Police under a Freedom of Information request, it was revealed that for every 1,000 cameras in London, less than one crime is solved per year.


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1 comment:

Steve Smith said...

Research also shows a small geographical shift in crime, away from areas with CCTV's to areas without them, hence no overall impact upon crime.