Mayor Bloomberg went on a little trip to London this week. He liked what he saw in their public transporation system. All of their busses and subways have 2 to 3 cameras in each car.
I think it is a great idea. It will hopefully make us safer…that’s obvious. But what I’m really hoping it will do is cut down on the graffiti and defacement of the subways.
Bloomberg also enjoyed their community bike program.
I hate all that etched crap that those asshole wannabe artists/gangsters tag on the windows. This would catch them on tape. Of course, this all assumes that there would be some sort of enforcement associated with the taping. It will not do any good if the police don’t follow up on what they see. So I guess that’s just another challenge.
Unfortunately, Bloomberg said something that I know is going to come back to haunt him almost immediately:
“We just have to do something here to make the city safer. Sadly, it is a little bit of an infringement on your rights,” Bloomberg told a news conference. [Reuters]
Some NYC busses have cameras mounted in them. However, you don’t often hear of many bus related crimes for some reason.
Anway, our subway survelance security is pretty pathetic. There’s entire stops that have one or no cameras at all.
There’s a reason that there’s cameras every 8 feet in casinos, banks, federal buildings, shopping malls, etc. They help protect the people and the property.
Protecting the people has its obvious benefits. Protecting the property protects what Americans value most…their money. Lowering vandalism will actually save tax payer/fare payer money in the long run.