Of course the answer is no. I know that. But thanks to CCTV, nowadays, more crooks and delinquents involve in crimes can easily be identified by police with help from close circuit television camera.
Well, having cameras everywhere it’s not the solution to preventing criminal activities but it somehow helps to indentify bits and pieces of what actually happened in a crime scene, right?
Majority of crimes like robbery in the store, being run over by a vehicle or motorcycle, snatchers, park fights, and just about anything that you do, even having lewd conduct and inappropriate behaviors, if there’s a CCTV that will be good evidence and proof of actions.
The past few years has seen a rise number of establishments, and different places here in the country having CCTV camera. It has become part of security technology.
I remember after the 9/11 and that terror attacks in London years ago, they’ve started to put more and more surveillance cameras everywhere especially the streets of New York and London. Correct me if I’m wrong, ok. Majority where okay with that but some were also against it? Having CCTV in different major locations would be easier for police and other intelligence unit to quickly identify vehicles use for terror attacks or persons of interest who would leave bags (which could contain explosives) in lamp post. Things like that.
Here in the Philippines, as I’ve said, many establishments have CCTV already in place. However unlike London or New York streets, I’m not really sure if we have CCTV in other locations here in the metro. There’s always MMDA everywhere to pacify whatever… but anyway…
Last week, while I was watching local news, there was a segment for crime reports, and I was surprised because all of their reports featured crimes that were captured by a CCTV cam; speeding SUV injured (and left comatose) a vacationing Swiss-Filipino in Palawan. Cam footage help indentify the possible suspect. Another was a speeding motorcycle bump two other parked motorcycles. Another incident was that of two men robbing a store, and another crime story featured a doctor who was robbed by an old lady inside a hospital. These crimes were all recorded by a CCTV camera. It is big help indentifying criminals and crooks.
I think that it is good to CCTV in areas where crimes are rampant, where carjack and kidnappings always happens. Places like schools area and business districts like Taguig, Makati, and Ortigas. Here in QC (Quezon City) where I live (I’ve never live anywhere else except QC) majority of carjack/car napping always happens here. Having CCTV cameras is good. It seems however that only establishments have those. I’m thinking it wouldn’t hurt to put some surveillance in major streets in the city. I’m not sure how many agrees with this. Do you think it is alright to put a surveillance camera?
Now that is only for major streets. What about buses? You know that a lot of silliness and crimes ranging from petty to serious ones mostly happens inside the bus. There are weirdoes preaching end of their world, drunkards sitting beside you, sex maniacs, snatchers, robbers, hijackers.
I remember some years back about the news that MMDA wanted to have CCTV inside commuter buses due to recent wave of bus bombing but aside from that they also wanted to somehow record anything suspicious, or the silliness and crimes going on inside.
Locals were divided against placing cameras on board. Some argued that is like invading personal space and private time. Bus operators and drivers were divided. Some like the idea but others cold on it. I have no idea if buses have cameras on board nowadays. I don’t think it’s bad though.
Of course having CCTV should be put to good use and not for any other crazy activities like secretly filming sex acts or anything like that.
Anyway, as more crimes are being done by savvy crooks, Filipinos have become more wiser and tech savvy and are placing more of close circuit cameras and other forms of surveillance to somehow deter and if not to possibly record whatever crimes may occur.
So careful crooks, Big Brother can see everything!
A Filipino. Living and working in Manila. Has a soft spot for expats. Always have an opinion about anything and everything.