Is Municipal Video Surveillance Worth the Cost?

Research from the Urban Institute finds the answer to be a qualified “yes”

La Vigne also was interested in the theory of crime displacement, which suggests that if crime is reduced in one location, it will move around the corner, or into another locale. Using crime statistics for the areas under surveillance and also those of neighboring areas, she found that the theory doesn’t hold water. “There is no evidence for displacement,” she said. Instead, the research found that when public surveillance is installed, criminal activity shrinks everywhere, not just in the immediate area.


Geoff Kohl is editorial director for Cygnus Security Media, and also serves as conference director for Secured Cities —