Why Traditional CCTV isn’t Effective Anymore

Traditional, non-monitored CCTV has been subject to criticism in recent years. Once seen as a sound security system, the reactive technology is proving unreliable when it comes to crime prevention and criminal prosecution.

Although the UK has more cameras per person than any other country, crimes are still being committed on a daily basis.

So why is traditional CCTV no longer effective? Here are the top 3 key reasons…

1. Traditional CCTV is not a deterrent

In 2008 a study was carried out in San Francisco to determine the effectiveness of CCTV cameras. 59,706 crimes which occurred within 1,000 feet of the CCTV cameras between 2005 and 2008 were examined.

The findings demonstrated that although crimes close to the cameras (within 250 feet of the cameras) dropped, there was a clear spike in the areas 250 – 500 feet of the cameras. This demonstrated that the cameras didn’t deter criminal activity, people just moved further down the street to commit a crime. Continue reading Why Traditional CCTV isn’t Effective Anymore

Stronger Towns Fund: Do The Most Deprived Towns In The UK Have The Highest Crime Rates?

In light of Theresa May’s announcement of a ‘Stronger Towns Fund’, there has been an uproar. With allegations of the Prime Minister wanting to ‘bribe’ the public and Members of Parliament, there is a lot of controversy surrounding her plans to offer a substantial amount of money to the struggling towns and cities in the UK. The Prime Minister’s promise of £1.6 Billion being spent on the most deprived areas of the UK with a post-Brexit fund could be a fantastic way to help communities thrive in the future. But where will the money be going? How will it be distributed? And how are they going to decide which towns are the most deprived in England? Continue reading Stronger Towns Fund: Do The Most Deprived Towns In The UK Have The Highest Crime Rates?