Surveillence

Is surveillance keeping us safe?

Back round Information

  • Cameras would monitor law-abiding residents in their day-to-day routines
  • General video surveillance reverses the American presumption of innocence and assumes that everyone is about to commit a crime
  • The ACLU thinks that the surveillance equipment weakens the right of privacy
  • Sometimes people can't get a hold 911 to get help during an emergency
  • People are worried about the NSA (National Security Agency) invading there privacy

The Pros of Surveillance are...

  • Could save people's lives/keep us safe
  • Helps get to a location of a crime faster
  • Helps catch criminals
  • Reduces crime

The Cons of surveillence are...

  • Cost Millions
  • Some basic surveillance does not make us safer
  • Not all surveillance has video on the outside
  • Very little reduction in crime
  • Does not help if no one is watching the cameras
  • Little to no control over security for citizens

Conclusion

Surveillance can keep us safe but, it can also put us in danger. Like if someone robbed a store, the police can go over the security to see what the guy looked like and how he got away. Also if you have a camera on your computer, someone could hack into it and watch you. Another example of surveillance can put us in danger is that, someone could hack into a camera by a safe with a lot of money in it. Then watch someone type in the code after that the hacker would copy the code and go to the safe and take all the money. So surveillance can keep us safe but at the cost of privacy and a chance of being put in danger.

Bibliography

American Civil Liberties Union. "Surveillance Equipment Does Not Reduce Crime." Crime and Criminals. Ed. Christina Fisanick. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "D.C. Video Cameras vs. Live Community Police in Our Neighborhoods." Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 16 Dec. 2015


"The American Public Is Skeptical of Domestic Surveillance." Domestic Surveillance. Ed. Tamara Thompson. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2015. At Issue. Rpt. from "Obama's NSA Speech Has Little Impact on Skeptical Public." 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.


Ante, Spencer E. "Surveillance Equipment Helps Reduce Crime." Crime and Criminals. Ed. Christina Fisanick. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Newark and the Future of Crime Fighting." Business Week (25 Aug. 2008). Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 9 Dec. 2015


Kurlander, Steven. "Technology Drives Advances in Domestic Surveillance." Domestic Surveillance. Ed. Tamara Thompson. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2015. At Issue. Rpt. from "Domestic Surveillance: Spy vs. Spy, American vs. American." www.huffingtonpost.com/the-blog 13 Mar. 2013.Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 9 Dec. 2015

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