3 Ways Cities Are Fighting Crime With Tech

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
4/29/2013 9:53:45 AM
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Re: Fighting Crime
Agreed, PeterJ. And the suspects were found with no apparent violation of the rights of privacy of other citizens.

4/28/2013 10:12:22 PM
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Re: Fighting Crime
I agree. I think that mindset may have shifted, though, given the chronology of events in Boston. If identificatiom through technology is more rapid, lives can be saved or destructive acts thwarted. It was somewhat scary to me that the video that played the key role in identification was secured by a retailer. How much longer could the prrocess have taken with the assimilation of private video submissions?

4/27/2013 2:31:56 PM
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Mary, good post but I was struck by how identification of the bombers largely came about because one of them made the childish mistake of wearing his hat backwards and not wearing sunglasses. Surely if this is the sort of bomber we can only just catch, we are all in trouble when it comes to professionals..?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
4/24/2013 1:41:35 PM
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Re: Fighting Crime
All solid arguments on the downside of these crime-fighting technologies, Daved. I think as with anything else, there are tradeoffs: We can't expect to have no surveillance and still be able to track suspects as quickly as if we did have it.

4/24/2013 12:52:16 PM
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Fighting Crime
As always there is a great concern for Privacy. Look at London with the thousands of cameras, there are literally people who go out and wear masks just to spray paint the cameras so they are unusable.

GPS is a great tool when used to find your way, but they can now track you using your cell phone, is this the right way to protect people by knowing your exact location?

Cost is a huge factor with all of these new/old technologies. I never vote for Bond Measures because most of the money gets taken into other projects that the Bond was not intended for. So how are they to raise the money? Raise Taxes?

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