Big Brother State, Why Not?

Posted: 17/03/2013 in Latest Ideas and Opinions
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Whilst watching Crime Watch and similar shows, I couldn’t help wandering what it would actually be like, if we invested as a country in top quality CCTV on every street. The mere mention to some people is hell but this has to get you thinking into the whys?

I, for one do not feel it’s an invasion into my privacy having CCTV recording 24/7. In fact, as long as it’s not inside my own house, it really doesn’t bother me at all. Why do people worry so much with what may be recorded. Sure, people are doing things that may not be completely normal and wouldn’t want it to become public knowledge but if it’s legal, what’s the issue? The bonuses speak for themselves. I know the costs of having operators monitoring it would be extortionate but even if it only recorded and was played back, once a crime had been committed the benefits would surely outweigh the feelings that the government wants to watch our every move.

If it was of a decent quality and on every street, the chances of a crime would be less likely surely. And if someone was idiotic enough to take advantage of an open window or a victim. The likelihood of them actually being caught and the police having visual data to back up the case would be immense.


Russia has always been eager for surveillance in slightly different ways to what I am imagining. But after the recent meteor strike and all of the footage that was readily available, it served science well. Although a lot of this was recorded from cameras that were within cars, due to the large amounts of vehicle accidents that occur in Russia. Another thing that I don’t think would go down too badly in the UK with all of the claims that occur after fairly trivial vehicle bumps.

I know with a lot of new initiatives the first issue a lot of people have is, what can and can’t be recorded. I’d imagine people would be concerned by what could be recorded. But I honestly believe that the pros will always outweigh the cons. As long as of course, the CCTV was of a quality that made a difference. Why people still install the old kind of cameras, that have a black and white silhouette that bounces across the screen like a ghost, still amuses me. Do you recognise this figure, he is a man and has black hair? What chance do people have? But the new kind can read a newspaper. It can show clearly who people are and if it was readily available across the country, would follow the criminal from point of crime to point of rest. How much easier would this make life for the police, insurance companies and us in general.

Imagine the money you could recoup once the cameras had been installed. You could charge for clips as long as the case had gone either to the police, insurance or an independent governing party. You could find a lost pet by following it’s path, children, criminals or even determine whose fault accidents actually were, not just blame the poor person who had no chance but to hit the back of a car that braked for no reason.

I’m sure there are negatives to the concept and feel free to comment on them below. But for me, apart from the initial outlay, it would create jobs, create security and help society in general to improve.

Hopefully you found the post interesting, thanks for reading it…

  1. Rob Wilcox says:

    I agree that there are many, many pro’s.. and it doesn’t necessarily need an army of operatives watching it. Use the force, Luke… errr sorry, wrong show. Use computing power, Lee. Unless someone ‘says’ to hold it, then overwrite the footage once per week, or once every 3 days or whatever.

    It would be interesting to know what 24 hours of footage, recorded from one decent, modern camera, equates to when it comes to space-on-disk.. and then multiple that up, and away you go.

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