Little surprises me when it comes to the ability of certain RiotACT commenters to take a discussion self-indulgently off the rails.
But I was intrigued yesterday when the burned out buses on Akuna Street degenerated into the great global debate on public surveilance camera networks.
(Oddly London is cited as the great example of a brilliant network of public cameras and yet the city is far less safe than it was before the network was built).
So imagine my surprise to see the cry taken up by police on the ABC that if only we had more cameras (never mind getting the ones they have to work reliably) they could have caught the crims (but only after the buses went up at which point they’d be bailed before receiving a suspended sentence no doubt).
- “Detective Superintendent Michael Chew says extra cameras could have helped.
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“If there had have been cameras here hopefully it would have picked up the alleged offenders,” he said.”
In the Canberra Times Simon Corbell is managing to simultaneously claim that Civic is safe and yet he’s going to roll out a wider network of ineffectual cameras.
Presumably to, like London, make the city less than the safety nirvana we currently enjoy?