My fellow blogger Malcolm Pollack alerted me via his blog's recent Pic-Of-The-Day post to the above image of a tattered American flag guarded by a security camera, which led to a lengthy discussion among some of the regulars at Malcolm's blog on the question of whether security cameras decrease criminal activity or have no effect. Well, I have some experience with and therefore expertise on this issue, so I offered my two cents:
Whenever I go out minding my own business of filming people also out minding their own business, the people I'm filming can suddenly become aggressive, even to the extreme of trying to assault me and take my camera!But for whatever reason, universal surveillance therefore means universal criminality! So what happens when the universal panopticon turns the vision of its candid-camera eye upon itself?
In my experience, then, filming people raises the crime rate . . . though I'm not sure why.