In fact, the surveillance may even make matters worse, for if people run no additional risks in breaking the law while under surveillance, they may conclude that they have absolutely nothing to fear from the law.
We have already seen a lovely tendency for groups of young people to pick a victim and record his or her assault on cell-phones, using that technology to share incontrovertible evidence of their crime. Who cares about evidence when there is no consequence?
Same for cameras. Next time someone wants cameras installed in the community or wants to take your guns ask them why they support criminal behavior.
I recently watched a Brit TV cop drama, “Blue Murder”, filmed in Manchester, England, about 3 years ago. The fictional police characters relied on the CCTV tapes to watch suspects from one end of the city to another.
I don’t know if the real cops use CCTV the same way, but what an eye-opener that was!