Chesapeake & Midlantic
Make CCTV mandatory? For what purpose?
There is another change.org petition to mandate CCTV in Australian piggeries - and it has 5000+ signatures. Of course, their reasons are different... they are convinced that undue piggy suffering is occuring and want to make sure the piggies are slaughtered in a humane fashion (if such a thing exists or can even be defined). Note: CCTV is still not mandated in Australian piggeries.
change.org can be a powerful tool for change when a groundswell of popular support/outrage occurs... like freeing the wrongly accused from prison, banning ABBA from getting back together, etc.
But don't hold your breath on this UK CCTV mandate. For the most part, change.org is the modern day online version of picketing. Except now you don't have to stand outside with a big sign with witty sayings while passing motorists yell at you to get a job.
10 signatures is a veritable joke.
In principle if the police could have access to more cameras that would be an additional tool, from that side it’s a plus.
The cost of installing a basic camera system in a building is nothing in comparison to the cost of the building.
It would increase sales, for the analogue/DVR smaller systems, hence the smaller integrators/technicians. What’s the harm in that?
The question would be, who will insure that the system is maintained? And, Will it be oprational after 6 month or one year, most probably it will be neglected and stops working.
As for the “Big Brother Watching”, the “Big Brother” has access to our mobile cameras, having an additional camera or two in the lobby won’t make a difference.
I would say yes, but make sure someone is responsible to keep it running.
Its descretionary. I don't think the world is ready for Orwell' 1984. Once we have a governance process where we know who uses the system and how it is managed then yes it maybe a reality then but I think we are a long way from escaping the abuse that comes with too much surveillance.
IPVMU Certified | 12/02/13 01:41am
The common response that when CCTV cameras are installed in a certain area that the crime moves to another area. Well what if all areas had CCTV installed, where would the crime go to then?
If CCTV becomes mandatory, the natural progression will lead to the industry being regulated by the gov't.
The CCTV/Security industry can regulate itself without "help" from the Government.
Once it's mandatory then the government will start regulating it. We all know what government regulation leads to.