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New York police department is working on setting up license plate readers and cameras throughout Lower Manhattan

New York will soon follow in the footsteps of London’s “ring of steel” by implementing its own Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, reported CNET.  The security initiative will have more than 100 cameras that will monitor cars through Lower Manhattan. 

London's ring of steel entails a network of cameras and roadblocks that are designed to track and deter terrorists.  The images captured by officials have aided in the tracking of suspects of previous threats.

New York's police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, stated last week that department has obtained $25 million toward the project, yet the estimated cost of the plan reaches a hefty $90 million.  Roughly $15 million came from Homeland Security grants and another $10 million came from the city.  At this point, Kelly states that there are enough funds to install roughly 116 license plate readers in fixed and mobile locations over the next few months.

"This area is very critical to the economic lifeblood of this nation," said Kelly in an interview last week with CNET. "We want to make it less vulnerable."

If fully financed, the project will include license plate readers and 3,000 public and private cameras below Canal Street.  There will also be a center staffed by police and private security officers, and roadblocks.

As of now, the license plate readers have been ordered, and the program is still waiting on more funding, hopefully from federal grants.  The entire operation is expected to be in place and running by 2010.



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Economic Lifeblood?
By SmokeRngs on 7/10/2007 3:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
"This area is very critical to the economic lifeblood of this nation,"


I think that statement, while true, has nothing to do with the cameras. I believe the correct way to phrase that would be: "These cameras are very critical to increasing the amount in fines coming into the city's coffers."

Cameras, like the police, are nothing more than a reactionary tool. Outside of minor infractions, the cameras will not deter or stop anything. Those that have planned some type of major crime will not allow a camera to stop them and will just include it in their planning. At least the police force has a useful job. A police officer can act and make a difference. A camera can do nothing but take pictures.

I'm not sure about this information and I don't have any of the articles handy, but I believe the camera system in the UK hasn't done much if anything in deterring crime.

Just like cameras at stop lights, I see these cameras as nothing more than an attempt at generating extra revenue for the city.




RE: Economic Lifeblood?
By Netscorer on 7/10/2007 4:37:42 PM , Rating: 2
That's the prelevant logic some people use when they see another push to limit our right to privacy. Think about it. Today it's license readers and for catching terrorists, tomorrow it will be enhanced to facial recognition system and broadened to general police surveilance. Next thing you know your face will come up in Home Security database (we already had too numerous to mention instances of innocent people names coming up in terrorist lists at the airport check-ins) and you will be apprehanded right in the middle of the street at broad daylight and sent off to Guatanamo base where you will spend the next 5 years trying to prove that you are not a terrorist. Sounds unlikely? You wish!


RE: Economic Lifeblood?
By ebakke on 7/10/2007 5:52:37 PM , Rating: 3
The Kool-Aid's plentiful at your house


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