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Eric Töpfer: Video Surveillance as Crime Prevention? Appeal to Change the Perspective

What follows is the english abstract of a paper which in its german version will appear in Kriminologisches Journal 4, 2009.


CCTV - Image showing work of an graffiti artist in London who went undetected despite cameras all around
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Evaluation studies on the crime effects of CCTV show weak results. Is the operation of video surveillance, hence, only symbolic policy? The article argues against this assumption that the actual practices of surveillance need to be kept studied.

As an instrument of lean policing and for the storage of data CCTV is increasing power for repressive purposes – in particular when operated in the context of thickening surveillance webs.

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