Are CCTVs Effective In Preventing Crime?

Have you ever experienced being accused of assault or battery? The crimes are not the same but the accused faces harsh penalties if prosecuted and convicted according to the full extent of the laws. The best action that the accused can undertake is to hire an experienced assault lawyer to fight the criminal charges.

When a fatal shooting happened outside the BareFax club last April, people by the Byward Market started to seriously consider the need for modern closed circuit television cameras or CCTVs. A month a ago, Mayor Jim Watson wrote to Steve Kanellakos, the city manager to suggest a 3-year pilot for cameras in areas with high criminal activity and pedestrian visibility.

Watson strongly believes that surveillance cameras are very important in the Market after the 2 shooting incidents that resulted into deaths in the tourist area. The surveillance cameras will be mounted in a network around the Market with technology that is more advanced than the traditional convenience store cameras that have grainy images.

Modern CCTV’s when linked together can follow a person or car down the street or block after block. They can send instant alarms once a gunshot has been detected. The advanced technology in the CCTVs includes computer vision technology that can automatically pick out visible images of concern like firearms, fugitive vehicles and repeated actions of a person hitting a window.

The highly advanced surveillance cameras are very expensive but Ontario Premier Doug Ford promised $3 million to the city of Toronto. However, there is a question on the effectiveness of the cameras. In Britain, urban areas are flooded by an estimated amount of 4 million cameras since the 90’s or one camera for every 16 persons. Years of study reveal that the cameras work in some ways but fail in others. They can prevent crime particularly in car parks and garages,

Surveillance cameras cannot stop people from committing assault. However, the images provided by the CCTVs will help the assault lawyer in determining whether there was threat of harm on another person. Fortunately, there are ways to fight assault charges and gain a favorable legal outcome.

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