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The great surveillance boom
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Quote:Video surveillance is already big business. In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, expect it to get even bigger.

FORTUNE -- Video surveillance is big business. Expect it to get bigger. After law enforcement used closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to help identify last week's Boston bombing suspects, lawmakers and surveillance advocates renewed calls for increased numbers of cameras nationwide.

"We need more cameras, and we need them now," ran a Slate headline.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) agrees. In an interview the day after the bombings with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, he called for more video surveillance so that we can "stay ahead of the terrorists."

"So yes, I do favor more cameras," said King, who sits on the U.S. House Homeland Security and Intelligence committees and has also called for increased monitoring of Muslim Americans. "They're a great law enforcement method and device. And again, it keeps us ahead of the terrorists, who are constantly trying to kill us."

Law enforcement officials in New York are almost certain to oblige. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly wants to "increase significantly" the amount of surveillance equipment in Manhattan, which already has one of the country's most robust systems.

U.S. investment has helped fuel the growth of a global video surveillance industry. According to a 2011 report by Electronics.ca Publications, a market research firm, the video surveillance market was slated to grow from $11.5 billion in 2008 to $37.5 billion in 2015.

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/0...-bombings/
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When you think about it, having cameras recording stuff in case of a crime isn't bad, because then they just take the recording and look it up if something bad happens.

Now, if they have someone actively watching people at all times and arresting anyone who looks suspicious, that's going a bit far, but I don't think cameras are being used in that way in public at this time.

Its kind of good to have surveillance video though...I mean...if someone abducts your wife or kid, you're gonna hope they abducted them where there is a camera so there is a better chance of finding them.
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I got cameras. Professional security cams mounted outside on the front and back of my house with bust-resistant glass domes. 24V/100Mbps going to a NAS unit inside with 3TB expandable to 20TB if I need, but right now it's keeping 3 months worth of video which is fine by my standards. System is on battery backup so if power is lost it's still recording. The front camera is streaming right now this very minute to UStream.TV

I only look at it when I've ordered take out or I'm expecting someone. But I've had to pull tape for a police incident about 6 times now.

The last time the cops came to pull my tape the footage made it to the opening segment on the 6PM newscast for 6ABC and FOX29. Off-duty officer was struck in a hit and run one evening and my cameras caught it.


My mom watches my front camera more than I do. She's thousands of miles away. She wonders what the weather is up where I am, she can see the front of my house. I also get live footage from both cams on my phone, PCs, iPad, etc. plus I can go back and review tape from remote and also pull footage w/o having to be home.

My cameras are registered with PPD (https://safecam.phillypolice.com/). The system has worked. I've had PPD come to pull footage before. There's a sign in my front windows telling you the camera is registered with the cops. Everyone around me knows my cameras are on all the time and it's registered with the po-po. It's seriously cut down on the number of burglaries in my immediate vicinity. Several more of my neighbors have gotten rear cameras b/c most of the burglary attempts actually happen through the alleyway.


It's warm now so people sit out on their front steps a lot more and watch the block and that keeps the creeps away; but the cams cover for when everyone's gone to bed.
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