LA Voice has the details on the new cameras that will be up all over Hollywood. This was talked about a little bit before but not much discussion really came of it. Basically there are new APD monitored surveillance cameras being put up all around Hollywood. 60 of them to be exact. So there’s a bit I’d like to discuss now that these are actually being installed. If that’s cool.
Last October an LAPD spokesperson said: “people are ready to feel more secure in their communities. I think they are willing to give up a little bit … for more security.”
From last weeks press release: “Cameras have already met with great success in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Eric Garcetti. “This neighborhood has fought its way back to become L.A’s number one place to live, work and visit. These cameras will give Hollywood added security and make residents and visitors feel safer…”
There’s other obvious elements to this that need to be discussed but I want to talk about this “feeling safer” bit. OK, so some people might feel safer. But are they? Putting up tons of cameras all over feels, to me at least, like one of those things that is being done to make people think they are safer while not actually doing anything. Like taking away nail clippers on Airlines, half of America was able to relax even though that didn’t change anything. Or like driving an SUV even though statistics show you are more likely to flip it or kill people in another car during an accident than if you were driving a normal sized car.
First of all, who is going to sit through all of this footage? And are they doing it real time? Because quite frankly I can’t see the value in someone watching this stuff 2 weeks later. They’d see it and think “yep, that guy sure is getting mugged” and that would be that. So for it to actually make you safer someone would need to be watching it real time and be able to take action if something came up. So who is going to do that? Since it’s the LAPD behind this, would it be safe to assume officers are watching them? If so, isn’t one of the MAJOR complaints that there aren’t enough cops on the streets? So now we’re pulling them off the streets and putting them behind video monitors so they can see what’s going on on the streets?
I don’t feel any safer. Do you?
I’ll tell you what though, I’d feel a lot safer if the cash used to buy these cameras was spent to hire more cops to be on the streets, and if the bad guys weren’t the only people walking around with guns.