Video Surveillance Guide: 60 Percent of Americans Support Video Surveillance as Crime Deterrent

April 7, 2011 | Coverage

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A new survey finds that 60 percent of Americans support the use of video surveillance to deter crime in public areas. The places most people agree with surveillance are banks (66%) and parking lots (62%). What’s a little surprising – is that nearly half of America doesn’t support the use of video surveillance.

Also surprising is that 8% don’t believe that video surveillance is used in banks, and 12% don’t believe it’s deployed in government buildings.

“Americans are seeing that video surveillance makes a significant positive impact in the security of public places,” said Al Shipp, CEO of 3VR, the company that commissioned the survey. “However, more and more law enforcement professionals are realizing that the success of video does not rest in just the ability to record. It rests in the ability for law enforcement and security personnel to be able to quickly and accurately search hours and hours of video to find a specific suspect’s face, a license plate or a moment in time, and correlate that video with an all points bulletin or a criminal mug shot.”

Also notable is the age gap – older folks (over 65) tend to support video surveillance to deter crime to the tune of 80 percent. However that number drops to less than half (46%) when the ages are between 18 and 29.

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