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Surveillance Cameras Cost-Effective Tools for Cutting Crime, 3-Year Study Concludes

September 22, 2011

Surveillance Cameras Cost-Effective Tools for Cutting Crime, 3-Year Study Concludes
Source: Urban Institute

Between 2007 and 2010, researchers from the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center studied public surveillance systems in Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., to measure the extent of their use, their effects on crime, their other benefits, and their costs. While results varied by area, surveillance systems in Baltimore and Chicago produced more than enough benefits to justify their costs. No cost-benefit analysis was conducted in Washington, D.C., because the cameras didn’t show a statistically significant impact on crime there.

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+ Using Public Surveillance Systems for Crime Control and Prevention: A Practical Guide for Law Enforcement and Their Municipal Partners

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