Surveillance: Security vs. Privacy

August 24, 2015

Surveillance can be a controversial topic. For some it represents an invasion of privacy and for others it represents a sense of security and safety. Let's face it, some security measures can be intrusive, albeit necessary, just think about an airport TSA security check.

Many cities are investing in video surveillance systems for the purpose of protecting citizens and property and have been useful in solving crimes. However preventing crime is yet another story. Other factors such as training and tactical changes by law enforcement also affect crime reduction.

After 9/11, New York City invested in a 3000 camera surveillance infrastructure in Lower Manhattan, modeled after London's 'ring of steel' which was originally created to deter terrorism from the Irish Republican Army. Fighting terrorism in Boston, hundreds of public and private security cameras assisted the FBI to quickly identify the Boston Marathon bombers.

The good news is that national crime statistics over 2003-2013 have declined. The improved statistics are presumed to be a direct result of the investment of security systems in residential homes, businesses and public locations.

To balance the need for security while respecting the rights of personal privacy, the selective use of surveillance cameras, ubiquitous infrastructure (WiFi) and passive technology approach may be the optimal formula for a successful surveillance and monitoring deployment.

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