― Bob Barr
Thus, security cameras can provide extremely vital evidences, which can aid the law enforcement agencies in subsequent investigations, and capture the actual culprits, thus in turn, aiding to curb the crime rate.
It is important to note at this juncture that although many people may consider national and social security to be more important than one’s personal privacy, the criticism of surveillance cameras is not completely invalid or without any logical reasoning. According to the Boston Police Commissioner, Edward F. Davis, installation of extra surveillance cameras would give rise to a “police state”, which he himself does not want. Critics further state that installing security cameras leads to the perpetual monitoring of people by security forces, and eventually by the government, and this is very harmful to the intellectual privacy of people. In simpler words, people would be under the constant burden of being constantly viewed from some unknown location by an unknown person.
With widespread corruption occurring these days, there are millions of people the world over, who are not very comfortable with the governments having too much information about them. Some opine that corrupt authorities may misuse information, and harass or blackmail certain groups. Though this may not happen at all times, it may in some rare cases, especially in autocratic or dictatorial countries.