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Making Public Places SaferSurveillance and Crime Prevention$
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Brandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326215.001.0001

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Closed-Circuit Television

Closed-Circuit Television

(p.59) 5 Closed-Circuit Television
Making Public Places Safer

Brandon C. Welsh

David P. Farrington

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance cameras to prevent crime in public places. CCTV evaluations were carried out in four main settings: city and town centers, public housing, public transport, and car parks. The overall findings indicate that CCTV reduces crime in some circumstances. In light of these mixed results, the chapter suggests that future CCTV programs should be carefully implemented in different settings and should employ high-quality evaluation designs with long follow-up periods.

Keywords:   CCTV surveillance cameras, public places, crime prevention, town centers, public housing, public transport, car parks

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