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ASSESSMENT OF TOWN CENTRE CCTV SCHEMES
And yet, the inevitable answer time and again is, "the jury is still out".
Well, the answer is actually quite simple.
Frequently examples are given of fairly minor offences, which have either been deterred or captured on recordings as a result of 'highly effective' CCTV being employed.
For those in the know, the bottom line is actually glaringly obvious.
For any 'in depth' study of CCTV performance to be accepted as a worthwhile exercise, it is absolutely imperative that effectiveness should be measured, not simply against equivalent systems at other "similar" locations, but rather against the model for an optimised system design, which should ideally have been installed in the first place (provided of course, the correct system profiling techniques had been initiated at the outset).
Until there is a widespread acceptance that good system design is mostly about the application and technique, rather than simply complexity or 'digital' technology, we will continue to see highly expensive poorly applied CCTV systems being accepted as the norm.
What's the betting, in twenty years time, the jury will still be out!
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