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Cameras Make Boring Videos, Don't Stop Violent Crime

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You win some, you lose some, eh Monsieur Foucault? It turns out going camera-happy doesn't actually deter violent crime, according to a just-published study the Board of Supes asked for back in 2006. If you ask Adam Jackson, in fact, you might even hear putting up cameras increases the threat of violent crime— at least the kind perpetrated against the camera's owner. Happily, for fans of the ubiquitous closed-circuit camera, the study concludes they do cut down on nonviolent offenses: pickpocketing, purse-snatching, what have you. So where do we go from here? The Gav remains a strong proponent of the cameras, even though the city is unique in that our feeds can't be monitored live. Instead, the new report raises the possibility of "smart" cameras that can sound alarms when they detect guns or when, incredibly, someone jumps a fence. If we're going to go that far, a couple porta-potty cams couldn't hurt either.
· Study: S.F. spy cameras no help in violent crime [SF Gate]
· Adam's Block Ruffles Feathers Before Going Off-Line [Curbed SF]