CCTV – billions of pounds of failure

Even the police now admit that CCTV is a complete waste of money.

This quote from Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville of the Metropolitan Police says it all:

“CCTV was originally seen as a preventative measure. Billions of pounds has been spent on kit, but no thought has gone into how the police are going to use the images and how they will be used in court. It’s been an utter fiasco: only 3% of crimes were solved by CCTV. There’s no fear of CCTV. Why don’t people fear it? [They think] the cameras are not working.”

Of course, if private companies and individuals want to waste money on preventative measures that don’t actually work, then that’s their business. What is disgraceful is the amount of taxpayers’ money that has been handed out by the Home Office on this useless and invasive technology.

3 Responses to “CCTV – billions of pounds of failure”

  1. June Gibson says:

    One sees CCTV control rooms included in some crime programmes. Those police persons who
    monitor the tiered banks of screens (at what cost those?) with their random chance of seeing
    a crime committed would surely be of more use to the community if they were out on the
    streets, preventing crimes from occurring in the first place?
    I live on the fringe of an area where residents are rich enough to afford private security
    patrols after dark. One is grateful for that limited deterrent as no police patrols are ever
    seen unless a car attends well after an incident of burglary or worse.

  2. Nicholas John McGerr says:

    Linking to this CCTV issue AND THE COST.. please see this:
    I am a pedlar and a Petitioner “Against” the Bournemouth Borough Council bill
    I am also the Parliamentary Agent for David Murphy the Petitioner “Against” the Manchester City Council bill (both bills and Petitions online at
    these bills are both PRIVATE BILLS, and for further information about such instruments please consult your M.P. about “Private Business” and recommend your M.P. to join with Ian Liddell-Grainger M.P. & Christopher Chope M.P. with their “block” to these bills

    yes PEDLARS have been brought to court with cctv “evidence” but I am unable here to supply detail about the evidence but that my anecdotal response is that most persons “threatened” by the use of cctv “evidence” have not contested charges usually by default of not having had access to good advice (lack of funds)or by not having a challenge to the evidence (lack of legal advice/knowledge)
    that the HUGE AMOUNT spent as a benefit to PRIVATE business of providing this apparatus & ALSO funds devoted to police no surprise to us Petitioners who are up against a similar deluge of between £100k-£250k x 47+ “authorities” spending LOCAL CHARGE PAYERS hard earned monies going out to serve only very narrow private interests but giving very significant pay back to those involved.
    Promise to keep informed!

  3. dave says:

    more tax payers money wasted

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