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We’ve written about surveillance cameras on the highways before on this blog and we’ve talked about how crime can be reduced in cities when video surveillance is used in public areas as well.

 

Pictured above is an IP dome security camera by Arecont Vision.

But what happens when a resident starts to question the legality / constitutionality of police surveillance cameras in terms of what they have to reveal to the public?  This recently occurred in Dover, NH.

We’ve attached a link at the end of this post to an Associated Press article published on November 2, 2011 that appeared on Boston.com—it addresses this very incident.

We’ll leave the details of the story up to the journalist; she did a great job.  But in the meantime, we thought we’d address some of the overall issues.

Many people can most likely see the benefits of having security cameras in public places.  Their presence doesn’t always have to be perceived as a negative and a case of “Big Brother”.  They can prevent crimes before they even happen and provide valuable evidence once crimes have been committed.

But do you want or need to know what authorities do with the footage?  Who views it, how long the recording are, etc.? 

Will having civilians be able to know too much about the details of the security cameras reduce their effectiveness on crime?  What if residents were granted carte blanche to Dover NH’s video footage, its use, etc? 

And what if one of those people who gained access was a criminal plotting to do damage to a public area?

Maybe some people would let the “Big Brother” concerns slide sometimes if they look at it that way.

On the other hand, some people may have the opinion that just like police crime logs that are published in newspapers and police reports often shown on the news, that more information should be made available about video surveillance practices.  Are they along the same lines?

Why does the public have the “Right To Know” about crime via media such as newspapers and TV, but not about other such as video? 

Whether it’s Right To Know or Freedom of Information as a base for argument, a case can be made.  But we’ll leave it up to the attached article for you to find out if the State Supreme Court of New Hampshire sided with the Dover resident or not.

Click here for the aforementioned link.

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