Monday, October 12, 2009

Closed Circuit Television Vs. Google Street View



Well I'm thrilled to see closed circuit television installed in the Scot Road Sky Train station parking lot. Here we have a place that was high in vehicle break ins being monitored by closed circuit television. Great idea. They should put cameras at Surrey central where the crack dealers sell crack in public.



Wait a minute, we do. It's called Google Street view: http://www.bclocalnews.com/surrey_area/surreyleader/news/63692732.html

If you go to Google Street view and scroll over to Surrey Central Sky Train Station this is what you see:
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It doesn't seem refresh or be live stream though which is likely a good thing. I'll admit the Google Street view is a cool feature of modern technology. Privacy concerns do arise when it expands into residential neighbourhoods. Criminals could use it to case out a neighbourhood to see when people are away to rob them. Stalkers could keep tags on an ex or rapists could find victim patterns. None of which is good. I'm hopeful those concerns will be addresses.
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Web cams of rush hour traffic, border line ups or snow conditions are great ideas. Common sense needs to balance out the obvious privacy concerns. Nevertheless I'm all for the Scott Road Sky Train Station parking lot CCTV cameras being installed at Surrey Central.

They already have them outside SFU at surrey Place which caught a vicious stabbing on camera:
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Another stabbing suspect at the Broadway Station:
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They even already have them at the Surrey Central Sky Train Station which caught the savage beating of Matthew Martins. We just need a couple of cameras across the street to keep tabs on the crack dealers. Notice I said dealers not addicts.
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