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Street cameras help solve crimes

Still no agreement on electronic eyes as preventative tool

Former Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton, left, watches a slideshow demonstration of how video surveillance cameras will be used in the effort to decrease gun violence as Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney speaks at the podium during a news conference in Jerry Burrell Park in Schenectady in July 2008.
Former Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton, left, watches a slideshow demonstration of how video surveillance cameras will be used in the effort to decrease gun violence as Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney speaks at the podium during a news conference in Jerry Burrell Park in Schenectady in July 2008.
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In 2004, six surveillance cameras were installed in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood by city and county law enforcement officials. Because of a slow connection, they didn’t work particularly well. But officials recognized their potential, and today there are approximately 140 high-definition surveillance cameras throughout the city, according to Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney. These cameras have been used to solve crimes, generate leads and obtain convictions, and Carney said that they also deter crime. ...

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reader1
April 28, 2013
8:39 a.m.

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There is no expectation of privacy in the areas covered by the surveillance cameras. And, the footage is not stored indefinitely. The cameras do not peer into private places.

I would ask Ms. Trimble or other critics to point to one example of abuse by the Schenectady system. Any governmental tool, process, can be abused, but I have yet to hear about it being done in Schenectady which has one of the larger systems.

Trimble need not look any further than Schenectady if she is looking for the crime fighting value of cameras.

Some of the best research available indicates that there is value contingent on how the cameras are used.

wmarincic
April 28, 2013
1:50 p.m.

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How do you know this reader1? What proof do you have about anything you are saying? Should people take the word of an anonymous poster? You make lots of claims and statements but yet you are afraid to use your name.

reader1
April 29, 2013
7:37 a.m.

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People who read any comments posted by me will determine the accuracy for themselves.

But, if you were really knowledgeable about these matters you would know they were accurate.

Afraid? Silly assertion, I just choose not too.

wmarincic
April 29, 2013
7:51 a.m.

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That is fine and most of what you say is accurate, but I have trouble with people being unwilling to post under their own name, you know, stand up for your beliefs.

reader1
April 29, 2013
10:52 a.m.

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Then, why single me out and not ask for the names of any other anonymous posters?

And, would you care what my name was if I agreed with everything you said?

And, what you " have a trouble with" problem with is irrelevant. It's the "Schenectady Gazette", not the "Marincic Times". When you publish your own paper than you can decide what's appropriate.

robbump
April 29, 2013
6:38 p.m.

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I've disagreed many times with wmarincic, but I'm with him on this. Reader1 didn't write something like "I've read that ..... (cameras don't peer into private...), but instead wrote as if a statement of fact.
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While I doubt any city camera is actually AIMED into a private dwelling, I'm sure there are shots taken of the goings-on within some private homes .. from a height above that of the person on the street at that, where a person might feel a sense of privacy.
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Q: what happens when the criminal element starts using camera? Maybe tracking all cars and their occupants driving into and out of police station parking lots?
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Technology CAN work both ways!

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