My hometown has several times been referred to as the second-most-watched city in Europe, measured by the number of camcorders watching the population. Only in London will there be more cameras.
The data basis for this ranking is unclear because there are no public figures on the number of cameras installed, but the Data Inspectorate confirms that the camera surveillance has seen a clear increase in recent years. But that does not affect the crime statistics says the researchers.
Researchers working at the Police College have researched various aspects of camera surveillance.
They emphasize that while there are more and more cameras inside and outside the stores, it does not help to reduce the number of criminal incidents.
There are no studies that say there will be less crime when setting up surveillance cameras in a city center. If the goal of many surveillance cameras is to reduce crime, the researchers believe the measure is wasted. Monitoring is a simple solution
Researchers say that the debate over multiple surveillance cameras often pops up after serious and dramatic events, which often receive large media coverage.
Personally I'm glad that my youth time was over long before Google and Facebook