Street Cameras

The Philadelphia Police Department has come to another epiphany in dealing with the violent deaths the city has faced so far this year. They have found reason to install cameras on the streets of Philadelphia labeled as the heaviest crime populated areas. During Operation Safe Streets, cameras were used to help control these so called problem vicinities. It sounds like a good idea, if it actually worked. What really happens is the people that frequent these heavily crime areas just move to the next corner. So instead of eliminating the crime populated area we are just moving it one block down and two blocks over into another neighborhood. There needs to be another solution; a permanent solution that will not drain our city financially and that will actually help the city and not hurt it.

I remember the cameras being shot down during Operation Safe Streets. From what I understand there was little if at all any difference in North Philadelphia during this program. I don’t have the answer to what can be done, but I do know that we as city need to come together and take back our neighborhoods. It is easier said than done but as a community it is doable. We can’t keep sitting around watching our children die and our elderly live in fear. So how do we fix a problem that the camera can’t capture?

3 Comments so far

  1. brady (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 11:38 am

    While I like the idea, it sounds very Big Brotherish to me. V for Vendetta comes to mind as well.

  2. dOc (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

    Well one thing to think about is why does this crime happen. I’m fairly sure it has a lot to do with drugs and the “supply and demand” markets of the black market. How do you take the drugs out of the hands of the drug dealers who are killing each other to take control of the markets? You regulate them. By keeping drugs illegal we leave all of the activity in the hands of the drug dealers and whoever they are working with. They chose where to sell, who to sell to, how much they are going to sell them for and what they are selling. I suggest you look into this organization calle LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) They have an answer and they also have direct knowledge of these facts…they are former and current Law Enforcement officers and Politicians.

  3. melyni (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    the easiest thing is to have a cop on every intersection. but its just impossible.

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