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article imageSurveillance and violent crimes

By Alexander Baron     Feb 2, 2014 in Crime
Millburn - Civil liberties groups are forever warning us against the power of the surveillance state, but this is something that cuts both ways.
Whether or not we like it, total surveillance is here, and is probably here to stay. Whether or not CCTV deters crime, it certainly helps bring dangerous predators to book.
CCTV played a significant role in the conviction last month of acid attacker Mary Konye, who disguised herself as an Orthodox Moslem to carry out a horrendous and truly shocking crime against an innocent young woman. As things stand, she will be sentenced on March 7.
Still in the UK, police are continuing the search for two men who robbed and then viciously assaulted a man in Birmingham. This video footage released by the West Midlands force is truly sickening. If and when these two thugs are arrested, they will be in no position to deny the punishment meted out to a defenceless man.
London acid attacker Mary Konye.
London acid attacker Mary Konye.
Metropolitan Police
On the other side of the Atlantic, a New Jersey housewife was attacked in a vicious home invasion robbery, June 21 last year. A man will shortly be standing trial for this crime. The repeated assaults were caught not on CCTV but fortuitously by the victim's nanny-cam.
Leaving aside the physical and psychological damage inflicted on this poor woman, her young daughter was in the room at the time. A suspect was arrested shortly, and the authorities have been taking their time, but now Shawn Custis has been indicted on seven counts including attempted murder; bail has been set at $750,000.
Finally, here is the kind of assault you don't expect of even the police. Indian station NDTV shows CCTV footage of two police officers physically abusing a doctor. True, this is not the most egregious of assaults, but if they can treat him like that, how do they treat ordinary folk?
Law enforcement authorities worldwide not only use CCTV but post regular appeals to the public; in the UK through the Metropolitan Police website's "caught on camera" page and the monthly Crimewatch programme among others.
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