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Making Public Places Safer: Surveillance and Crime Prevention

Brandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington


The United Kingdom has more than 4.2 million public closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras—one for every fourteen citizens. Across the United States, hundreds of video-surveillance systems are being installed in town centers, public transportation facilities, and schools at a cost exceeding $100 million annually, and now other Western countries have begun to experiment with CCTV to prevent crime in public places. In light of this expansion and the associated public expenditure, as well as pressing concerns about privacy rights, there is an acute need for an evidence-based approach to inform ... More

Keywords: CCTV cameras, video-surveillance systems, privacy rights, public space, street lighting, security guards, place managers, defensible space, surveillance methods, crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326215
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326215.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brandon C. Welsh, author
Northeastern University

David P. Farrington, author
Cambridge University