Given its inherent intrusive element, does the effectiveness of public area Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in countering crime justify its widespread use?

Ritchie, Ewan (2014) Given its inherent intrusive element, does the effectiveness of public area Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in countering crime justify its widespread use? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The existence of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is a known and recognised fact of life for citizens of the UK. This research will seek to address whether public area camera surveillance achieves its goals and in doing so will consider the implications CCTV has on the privacy of citizens, the fundamental uses of CCTV, its effectiveness as a deterrent to criminals and its usefulness in the reduction of crime.
    The research will comprise an examination of literature and studies relating to camera surveillance and a survey which will seek to obtain quantitative and qualitative data which reflect the opinions of members of the public. Analysis of the data collected will assist in achieving the individual aims of the study.
    This research concludes that CCTV still enjoys the support of the general public despite the intrusion it causes and the lack of substantive proof of its effectiveness in tackling crime. This study will recommend that:
    • Existing CCTV schemes are subject to rigorous high-quality evaluation to ascertain their effectiveness.
    • Proposed and replacement CCTV schemes are subject to rigorous assessment of need.
    • CCTV scheme evaluation and assessment should include a public consultation element.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 14:32
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 14:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16885

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