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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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Safer Streets, Safer Cities: Policy Choices for America

Safer Streets, Safer Cities: Policy Choices for America

(p.111) 8 Safer Streets, Safer Cities: Policy Choices for America
Making Public Places Safer

Brandon C. Welsh

David P. Farrington

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores key policy choices and challenges that U.S. cities face in the use of major forms of public-surveillance approaches such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance cameras and improved street lighting to prevent crime in public places. It suggests that not all forms of surveillance are as potentially intrusive, and raises questions about the infringement of civil liberties and other social costs. However, these social costs need to be weighed against any crime-prevention benefits that accrue from the different forms of surveillance.

Keywords:   public surveillance, U.S. cities, CCTV surveillance cameras, street lighting, crime prevention, public places, civil liberties, social costs

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