Responding to a spree of brazen crimes that has spooked the public, Chicago authorities announced today that there will soon be many more eyes — police officers and surveillance cameras — focused across the CTA system.
Technology will play a leading role in the accelerated pace of security measures on the CTA’s eight rail lines, officials said.
via CTA to speed up security camera installation – chicagotribune.com.
Yesterday, the ACLU of Illinois released a new report detailing the threats to privacy Chicagoans face under the watchful eyes of that city’s growing surveillance camera system. The report is the first large-scale, independent study of the city’s integrated surveillance system — a system former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff deemed the most “extensive and integrated” in the nation.
Perhaps most stunning in this age of continuing economic hardship are the report’s details about the staggering cost of purchasing, installing, maintaining and manning the Windy City’s Big Brother. While the ranks of Chicago police officers drop due to lack of funding, more than $60 million has been spent on the city’s surveillance camera network.
And to what end?
via Surveillance Cameras in Chicago: Extensive, Pervasive and Unregulated » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union.
If you want to be on TV, don’t go to Los Angeles or New York. Come to Chicago, where your wish is certain to be fulfilled. In fact, you couldn’t avoid it if you wanted to, thanks to the nation’s most extensive network of police surveillance cameras. Anytime you walk out your door, you may find an audience.
This is one of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s proudest achievements, but the estimated 10,000 devices now in operation are not enough for him. He once expressed his intention to keep adding cameras until there is one “on every street corner in Chicago.”
His obvious error is to assume that if some cameras are good, more are better. Daley’s policy also rests on a plausible but unproven assumption: that cameras reduce crime by deterring criminals and helping nab those who aren’t deterred.
via Steve Chapman commentary: Police surveillance cameras and crime – chicagotribune.com.