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Oakland crime-fighting bid - cameras in businesses
San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Friday, July 15, 2011 | Matthai Kuruvila,Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writers

Posted on 07/15/2011 3:39:01 PM PDT by thecodont

In a novel effort to increase surveillance in a crime-plagued area, Oakland city leaders have purchased a batch of cameras for merchants in the Fruitvale district who were unable to afford them.

The deal with the merchants, who must allow police to view the footage, comes three months after the slaying of a community leader in Fruitvale, and as the city attorney's office seeks a civil injunction against alleged gang members in the neighborhood.

The roughly 30 cameras were paid for with $35,000 in redevelopment money. They will be installed inside and outside of local businesses, including Otaez Restaurant, where robbers shot owner Jesus "Chuy" Campos to death on April 8.

"Everyone was well aware of the level of crime," said Jose Dorado, 63, who owns a bookkeeping business and was raised in the neighborhood. But the Campos killing "brought issues to a head. That pretty much woke everybody up."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/14/BAHQ1KAHEE.DTL#ixzz1SDPsS5E8

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; US: California
KEYWORDS: business; crime; surveillance

1 posted on 07/15/2011 3:39:05 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

I certainly hope that the cameras have been properly adjusted so as to not show any bias against minorities. Because if the camera shows racial disproportionality, it’s racist.... :P


2 posted on 07/15/2011 3:52:15 PM PDT by Kenton (Trust, but carry a gun...)
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To: Kenton

I heard that Oakland has a big population of minorities. So we figure most caught on camera would be minority just based on the population. Maybe that’s racist even in a largely minority area????

I heard somebody once say that the ghettos of our cities have great untapped economic potential. This person said that, instead of people fearing the ghetto, that it’s possible that the ghettos will become tourist attractions, such as Chinatowns in many cities attract tourists.

Well, I would agree that the ghetto has hit rock bottom, and there’s nowhere to go but up. But large scale tourism seems quite a long way off!!


3 posted on 07/15/2011 4:05:19 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: thecodont

$1000 per camera sounds a bit steep.


4 posted on 07/15/2011 4:06:32 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: thecodont

There is readily available technology to couple these cameras to computers running face-recognition software, so that after 30-40 “youths” collect five-finger discounts on merchandise in some Oakland store, over the next few hours police could show up at their doors and perp-walk the little shits down to the station. The ACLU will go nuts, of course.


5 posted on 07/15/2011 4:16:05 PM PDT by Spartan79 (I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“This person said that, instead of people fearing the ghetto, that it’s possible that the ghettos will become tourist attractions, such as Chinatowns in many cities attract tourists.”

You would need to use those large vehicles that are used for glacier tours (that protect from polar bears), or those amphibious DUKWs that some cities use so that if you kick over a hive you can just flee to one of the many moats that tend to surround our worst areas.


6 posted on 07/15/2011 4:27:38 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: thecodont

I hope those camera take better quality pictures that what I’ve seen on some of those crime/forensics shows. At $1,000 a pop the damn things should look like Blu-Ray - or mebbe some politicians friend/relative had the camera contract.


7 posted on 07/15/2011 5:53:11 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Kenton

Must be those new “stick figure” cameras: every time the camera sees a person, it digitally replaces him in the video with a stick figure.


8 posted on 07/15/2011 6:03:13 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Dilbert San Diego
This person said that, instead of people fearing the ghetto, that it’s possible that the ghettos will become tourist attractions, such as Chinatowns in many cities attract tourists.

The main reason people go to Chinatown is for the restaurants. While ghetto areas might have some good eateries, most people might not trust the sanitation.

The reason people fear the ghetto is the (quite rational) fear of being mugged.

9 posted on 07/15/2011 6:09:05 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you’ve only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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