5 Things You Didn’t Know About Video Surveillance

Technology’s rapid advancement and proliferation has led to countless modern phenomenon. Smartphones allow users to quickly look up a wealth of knowledge by using search engines. People can summon taxis with mobile devices, with drivers locating paying customers with automated GPS tracking. Social media allows people to keep track of and communicate with friends, coworkers, family members, and crushes, all without voicing a single word.

Quality, affordable cameras are a relatively recent trend. Many modern smartphones have such high-resolution cameras that they are beginning to replace traditional, bulky cameras to capture pictures, even by professionals. Video surveillance is a hot-button issue in today’s world, engaged in by government agencies, schools, private parties, and virtually every other entity one could think of.

Their prevalence in school systems

The National Center for Education Statistics conducted a survey regarding security at schools. The survey indicated that a whopping seventy-five percent of all school systems that responded in the United States utilized security cameras to monitor their premises. Video surveillance was found to be more common in schools with older students, as an incredible-yet-believable eighty-nine percent of high schools and systems with high-school-aged students were found to be using the technology.

How far video surveillance dates back

With much recent concern about the ethicality of video surveillance, its use originated in 1942 with the invention of closed circuit television systems (CCTV). CCTVs are often used by convenience stores, grocers, and other businesses for identifying criminals in the case of robbery, burglary, and assault. The United States began engaging in video surveillance in 1947.

There are tons of surveillance systems

2011 survey conducted by IMS Research indicated that in excess of 30,000,000 security cameras were purchased in the United States from 2001 to 2011. A more-recent statistic from Washington, D.C.’s public school systems revealed that over 30,000 surveillance cameras were utilized at schools in its metropolitan area.

Municipalities profit from them

Unmanned traffic cameras are of hot debate in today’s age, with private companies producing video surveillance cameras that autonomously send law-breaking drivers tickets in the mail. These camera system manufacturers receive a large chunk of revenues, with cities and states in which they reside receiving a relatively small sliver. Many drivers refuse to pay them, as doing so will not usually result on court appearances, adverse credit actions, or other negative, potentially life-changing results.

They actually do help mitigate crime

A joint study by the University of Cambridge and Northeastern University found that video surveillance layouts in mass parking areas were associated with 51% less crime than in those without. Another study deduced that traffic-related vehicular parking violations dropped 41% in areas with video surveillance systems, compared to those without.

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