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Security cameras too intrusive, and they don’t prevent crime

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Security cameras too intrusive, and they don’t prevent crime I disagree with the April 28 article [“Street cameras help solve crimes”] and a May 5 editorial [“Security cams show their worth”] on the use of public cameras. When your readers see each of these cameras in Schenectady County, they should view them as a complete failure of our criminal justice system. This includes the police, district attorney’s office, courts and corrections. There is no evidence ...

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May 14, 2013
8:11 a.m.

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Cameras - too intrusive.
With respect to whether they prevent crime, I suspect they do in some cases although it is difficult to prove a what did not occur. Common sense would lead one to believe that some criminals will be deterred if their actions are monitored.

But, if someone is determined to commit a crime, I suppose the cameras will not stop them. But, the cameras afford the victim an opportunity to have their perpetrator arrested, even if it is after the fact. Cameras have resulted in the closure of serious crimes, including homicides. You seem to dismiss capturing criminals as unimportant.

Bottom line - the Constitution has concluded long ago - what you expose to the public, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. And, it is not as if the images are captured and stored indefinitely.

And, given the fact the fact the police dashboard cameras capture the interaction between the police and citizen being detained, I would think the ACLU would think that a good thing.