dimanche, septembre 17, 2006

Do The Brits Have Something Here?

"This isn't about keeping tabs on people, it's about making the streets safer for the law-abiding majority and helping to change the attitudes of those who cause trouble. It challenges unacceptable behaviour and makes people think twice."

This was a remark from Jack Bonner who manages the new "talking" CCTV security cameras that were installed in Middlesbrough in the UK. The operators make announcements when crimes or other "antisocial" behavior takes place.

I can see how this could go insanely wrong. But how is it different from having more police patrols. In Milwaukee as it is right now, there is no way for the police to help fulfill the role they once had because they're responding to shootings, rapes, murders and violent incidents. In certain parts of the city, is it actually deserved?

Elliot bought up a good point that reminded me of something I was thinking the other day. Do we need the national guard to patrol the inner city? Clearly the police can't handle the situation themselves anymore. All they can do is write incident reports. If the police were properly staffed to handle the scope of the situation, they actually would be the national guard.

My point is this: are these extreme measures what it would take to gain control of the situation. For the good of all.

"Where does it stop" can be argued here, and rightfully so. But what if it was in place until people could behave themselves. I mean, we've been told that taxes are just temporary. We were told that about 80 years ago. Look at us now.

Have a read of the story. I'd be interested in people's thoughts on this.


Blogger sliverthetomcat said...

The cameras would be most effective on people who are respectful of authority and the law.

From what we have seen the law is a joke in the area that needs the most policing, which is the inner city.

12:36 PM, septembre 17, 2006  
Blogger Nick said...

I vehemently disagree with the National Guard idea, as much as I disagree with the proliferation of SWAT teams in this country.

The tactics used by both are of people who are "attacking the enemy". When our soldiers are fighting in a war, this is exactly what we want.

The citizens of this nation are not the enemy.

1:58 PM, septembre 17, 2006  
Blogger Phelony Jones said...

So Nick, how do you control the situation??

Or even get ahead of it.

2:06 PM, septembre 17, 2006  
Blogger Nick said...

*I* don't control the situation... and that's the rub. All of us look at the situation and say, what can I do to force everyone else to commit less crime. What can we make the police do in a proactive way to prevent crime? The reality is, there is very little that the police can do to prevent crime.

I know it's cliche, but it has to be a community effort. We can't force people to not be criminals from the outside, not matter how much we want to.

And as sad as it is to say, the inner city communities seem perfectly willing to let their neighborhoods go to pot.

4:30 PM, septembre 17, 2006  
Blogger sliverthetomcat said...

I respectively disagree with Nick on this matter.

We are way beyond the hope of a community effort salvaging the inner city.

As much as I would love it to, the problem is not going to go away.

We can and we will force people not to be criminals it is the basis of our legal system. It is why we have laws in place.

The inner city is a war zone and our government needs to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

Inner city or suburbs, if people choose to act as crazed animals then they should be treated as such.

7:33 PM, septembre 17, 2006  

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