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4 May 2005

CCTV effect on crime

A report by the UK Home Office reveals that only one of 13 CCTV systems studied directly produced a statistically significant reduction in crime relative to comparable control areas without CCTV. This runs counter to the general perception, and the implication of previous Home Office and Police statements, that CCTV deters city-center crime. The report has implications for the cost-benefit and risk analysis of CCTV in private/commercial settings.
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