Thursday, August 02, 2007

Inanimate objects don't equal safety or security

Being on one of my State's security detail I can attest to you that a camera doesn't mean that crime will be prevented. If someone is doing something and it is spotted by the camera we are still having to react to someone that has a plan and it doesn't mean that an officer can immediately respond.

While cameras help, they are invaluable in court, they aren't the end all of security. I've have had people do some incredibly stupid things, being fully aware there are cameras watching. Cameras DO NOT stop crime. While a lot can be said for being prepared for evil doers cameras to rely on cameras, motion sensor, the government, or even firearms to feel safe...makes ostriches look aware of their surroundings.

Doing something just because something because it makes someone feel safe can make them more vulnerable because if an individual refuses to be aware of their surroundings, get whatever training they can get, they won't be prepared. Safety is really an illusion because even the most prepared people die. Napoleon once said that cemeteries are full of indispensable men. Even yesterday's events in Minneapolis, MN proves that chaos has a way of catching everyone unprepared. The best you can do is mitigate the aftermath with training and a plan.

Great Britain has for years had the most widespread camera coverage in public for years and it did little or nothing to stop the bombing last year and the attack at Glasgow's airport this year.
Will cameras help, yes. But are we really willing to sacrifice that much privacy for very little real security?

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