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Metropolitan Police officers view displays from CCTV cameras around London in the Special Operations Room in London, England.
When the FBI released images of the two suspects involved in the Boston Marathon bombings, many people found the clarity of these images quite striking. Although many are uncomfortable with the idea of being watched by surveillance cameras, the country was relieved to finally see some progress in identifying suspects in the bombings.
Major cities like London are under constant surveillance with cameras all over the city and in the subway. According to Slate, New York has over 3,000 cameras just for Lower Manhattan. However, in Los Angeles, the LAPD estimates over 300 cameras to cover the entire city — not many for such a large metropolitan area.
Should Los Angeles install more surveillance cameras? Are private security cameras enough? Do cameras deter crime? Would you be uncomfortable with “Big Brother” watching or is it worth it to prevent future tragedies?
Chief Edmund “Ted” Sexton, Chief of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center