CCTV camera at traffic and crime sites

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CCTV camera at traffic and crime sites

Postby raj_rdoshi » Thu May 26, 2011 5:44 am

The objective of the project is to understand the effectiveness of technology, specifically CCTV for this project, to reduce crime. To get a perspective on CCTV and the various aspects involved, such as implementation and logistics, citizens' perception, deterrent to criminals and so on.

CCTV is an emerging technology and the investment is huge in implementing an effective surveillance system. Other factors also need to be understood such as the legal provision to use CCTV footage as evidence to nab criminals. Besides, crime is of a widely varied nature in a vast country like India, different regions have their own different statistics of crime, and only few of them can be countered by use of CCTV. Thus, intuitive as it may seem, CCTV systems may not always lead to improvement in reduction of crime rates or clearing of cases. This concern has been found to be true in London, which has the highest number of such cameras installed, several reports and articles can be found which suggest that the result of a high investment in the CCTV is not satisfactory, and it may as well have negatives.

The above factors need to be analysed in the Indian context and effectiveness of this as a solution to reduce certain crimes needs to be established.
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Re: CCTV camera at traffic and crime sites

Postby bharat » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:05 pm

Are you planning to have CCTV cameras installed some where and see how it affects the behavior of the citizens?
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Re: CCTV camera at traffic and crime sites

Postby raj_rdoshi » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:28 am

I don't think that will be possible, not without funds, time and appropriate permissions. Perhaps, the ones which are already installed, people can asked of their views and knowledge about the same.

Any more suggestions?
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Re: CCTV camera at traffic and crime sites

Postby bharat » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:06 am

For this effort to be successful, you should work with the administration, convince them to allow you to do a pilot project. The should be the most important part of this project, assuming you believe that CCTV would help reduce some of the crime. May be you should craft a letter seeking proper permission citing the reason of why it should be allowed for you to do this experiment.....
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Re: CCTV camera at traffic and crime sites

Postby raj_rdoshi » Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:08 am

That is very difficult to carry out given the time constraints and the various permissions and things involved. What you are mentioning is a much bigger project, for finding the effectiveness of the CCTV in London, big teams were involved.
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Re: CCTV camera at traffic and crime sites

Postby bharat » Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:27 am

Difficult does not mean impossible. You got to try it. You answer suggests you have already given up before trying.

Find out who to obtain the permission from? Make a list of 'things' you have mentioned. The prioritize it.

Why do you have to refer to London's CCTV project.

If you are serious about this project (which seems like a great idea and project), you may come up with online survey, circulate it through mailing lists or facebook. If there is public pressure, public opinion, then it comes handy to get permission from authorities involved.

Find out about studies done at academic level to support your CCTV project to get permission.
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Re: CCTV camera at traffic and crime sites

Postby dwarkanath » Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:10 am

Target a few crimes and locations like say pickpocketing at railway stations. There are CCTVs already installed. There must be data of crime rate before and after the installation which you can analyze.
Installing new ones would be impractical (owing to costs and permissions involved) and measuring their effect over only a 10 week period is pointless really.
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