Camera Surveillance as a Measure of Counterterrorism?
AbstractCamera surveillance has recently gained prominence in policy proposals on combating terrorism. We evaluate this instrument of counterterrorism as resting on the premise of a deterrence effect. Based on comparative arguments and previous evidence on crime, we expect camera surveillance to have a relatively smaller deterrent effect on terrorism than on other forms of crime. In particular, we emphasize opportunities for substitution (i.e., displacement effects), the interaction with media attention aspired to by terrorists, the limits of real-time interventions, the crowding-out of social surveillance, the risk of misguided profiling, and politico-economic concerns regarding the misuse of the technology.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Economics of Security Working Paper Series with number 34.
Length: 18 p.
Date of creation: 2010
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Camera surveillance; closed-circuit television (CCTV); public security; deterrence; terrorism;
Other versions of this item:
- Alois Stutzer & Michael Zehnder, 2010. "Camera Surveillance as a Measure of Counterterrorism?," Working papers 2010/05, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
- H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War
- K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
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