SecurityInfoWatch: Majority of Amercians support the use of video surveillance to deter crime, 3VR study finds

April 7, 2011 | Coverage

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Americans feel parking lots and banks are made safest by video surveillance

Las Vegas, NV – April 6, 2011 – More than 60 percent of Americans support the use of video surveillance as a means of deterring crime in public areas, according to a new poll commissioned by 3VR, Inc. Banks (66 percent) and parking lots (62 percent) appear to be the locations where Americans believe video surveillance can make the largest positive security impact, according to the survey of more than 1,900 Americans conducted by Zogby463 last week.

The online poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points.

The polling also found that Americans believe video surveillance is deployed in the majority of public areas – banks (92 percent), government buildings (88 percent), parking lots (87%), shopping malls (87 percent) and retail stores (82 percent).  Moreover, perhaps because of the growth of video surveillance, more than 76 percent of Americans expect organizations to work closely with law enforcement to solve crimes that occur on their properties.

"Americans are seeing that video surveillance makes a significant positive impact in the security of public places,” said Al Shipp, chief executive officer of 3VR.  "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."

Additional findings from the polling included:

· More than 80 percent of those 65 years old and over supported video surveillance use to deter crime while that number fell  to just 46 percent for those between the ages of 18 and 29.

· Women (65 percent) are more likely to see video surveillance as a crime deterrent than men (56 percent).  At the same time, men (30 percent) were twice as likely to oppose the use of video as a crime deterrent than women (15 percent).

· 61 percent of respondents expect to see video surveillance cameras in hotel lobbies.

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