5 July 2005

The price of keeping the community safe far outweighs civil liberty issues

Police installed video surveillance cameras around town and saw Chicago's murder rate fall to its lowest level in four decades.
The city is employing new technology that recognizes the sound of a gunshot within a two-block radius, pinpoints the source, turns a surveillance camera toward the shooter and places a 911 call.

Welcome to crime-fighting in the 21st century.

"Instead of just having eyes, you have the advantage of both eyes and ears," said Bryan Baker, chief executive of Safety Dynamics LLC, the company in suburban Oak Brook that makes the systems.

The technology isn't just gaining favor in Chicago, where 30 of the devices have already been installed in high-crime neighborhoods alongside video surveillance cameras. Baker says dozens more installations will follow.

Soon, all public space will be monitored by cameras. And increasingly, the monitoring of these cameras will be automated.


I support this technology too, and read the article also. But ask yourself Naum, the question I asked myself:

Is the fall in crime truly because of the cameras, or is it more because of a nationwide drop in crime?

The best way to test this hypothisis is to see if a city the size of Chicago, if without the cameras, the crime rate dropped precariously too.

New York has also had a sharp drop in crime, as the nation as a whole.

A more plausible reason for the drop in crime, maybe because of legalized abortion.

I am no abortion advocate or supporter, I am neutral on the subject: