CCTV: How effective?

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SINCE CCTV first appeared on our streets those spending ratepayers’ money on installations have inevitably claimed they make our communities safer.

This in turn has made some people feel more comfortable.

But while an absence of, or any drop in, anti-social behaviour, for example, is claimed to be the result of CCTV cameras there is no hard evidence to support this.

This argument that CCTV actually makes streets safer reminds one of the story of the chap sitting in a train throwing toilet paper out of the window at regular intervals who, when asked, ‘Why are you doing that?’, replied: ‘It keeps the elephants away.’

When it was pointed out to him that there were no elephants the man with the toilet paper said ‘Yes I know....effective isn’t it?’

ALAN CROLL

Harcroft Avenue, Douglas.

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