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CCTV in the UK

CCTV in the United Kingdom

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The UK is being watched by a network of 1.85m CCTV cameras, the vast majority of which are run by private companies, according to the only large-scale audit of surveillance cameras ever conducted.





Advantages and Disadvantages
The number of police CCTV cameras trained on Britain's roads has almost doubled over the last three years, giving police forces and the intelligence agencies access to up to 26 million images a day. These cameras currently have 17 billion images in its archive which is thought to be the biggest of its kind anywhere in the world. That number is likely to increase over the next five years with advances in technology and the roll-out of more fixed and portable cameras.It is always a challenge balancing the rights of individuals with preventing and detecting crime and is quite a controversial topic to begin with.

Here is an overview to its pros and cons along with relevant information and data that were collected


  • To reduce crime
  • To reduce the fear of crime
  • To improve public safety
  • To improve property security


  • Only three percent of street robberies are solved with CCTV
  • it has failed to cut crime or serve as a deterrent since criminals have figured out how to avoid it 
  • People believe that CCTV cameras outside are a step towards actually having police officers them in your house
  • It typically has poor audio and doesn't record every frame since that would be expensive; many are more like cameras that simply take pictures every few seconds rather than actually filming
  • it is a concern for an individual’s personal privacy as the recording and retention of images may not be undertaken fairly and lawfully
  • Some may not even be aware that they are under the surveillance of CCTV and so the information may be used for other unlawful purposes


The reaction to such surveillance being set up in the UK did definitely give rise to great concern for not only the privacy campaigners but for each and every citizen in the UK. Such an issue on an individual’s privacy over their security will always be debatable and there will never be that one right answer but the main question remains as to whether even the “right answer” even matter when the government of countries are taking questionable actions in the form for security for their citizens while compromising their individual rights to privacy when eventually such security plans turn out to be a threat to a democracy itself.


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