quote: According to research provided by the British Liberal Democrats political party, the city districts with the most CCTV cameras also have the worst rates of solved crimes.
quote: Yes but we live in an age where studies say microwave popcorn is now dangerous for your health.
quote: Taken at face value, one would have to conclude that CCTV cameras *increase* the rate of unsolved crimes....a conclusion that's patently nonsense.
quote: Taken at face value, one would have to conclude ... that there is no difference in the rate of solved cases between areas with CCTV cameras and those without them.
quote: Oops, but there *was* a difference in rates.
quote: The areas without cameras had a higher rate than those without.
quote: Taken at face value, one has to conclude something obviously false-- that cameras increase crime.
quote: ... that police are no more likely to catch offenders in areas with hundreds of cameras than in those with hardly any.
quote: The truth is that face-value conclusion IS accurate; it merely has cause and effect reversed. High-crime areas attract CCTV cameras. Cameras don't increase crime.