Mini Poll: Video Surveillance As A Crime Fighting Weapon


Some people support increasing the use of surveillance cameras in public spaces because they think it would help stop or catch criminals. Other people oppose increasing the use of surveillance cameras because they think it would violate the privacy of law-abiding citizens. Which of these positions is closer to your own? Do you support increasing the use of surveillance cameras or oppose increasing the use of surveillance cameras?


Support:
 77%
Oppose:
 23%

 


Do you think putting surveillance cameras in public spaces deters crime?


Yes:
 71%
No:
 29%

 


Do you think putting surveillance cameras in public spaces helps catch the criminals not deterred by the cameras’ presence?


Yes:
 86%
No:
 14%

 


How concerned are you that the government is using surveillance technologies like cameras and monitoring personal information to get private information about you?


Very concerned:
 13%
Somewhat concerned:
 28%
Not very concerned:
 42%
Not at all concerned:
 18%

 


How concerned are you that private companies are using surveillance technologies like cameras and monitoring personal information to get private information about you?


Very concerned:
 36%
Somewhat concerned:
 28%
Not very concerned:
 25%
Not at all concerned:
 11%

 


Where do you think surveillance cameras are more necessary?


High density locations:
 12%
High crime areas:
 88%

 


Which do you think is the better use of public resources regarding cameras: use the money to install as many cameras as you can OR use the money to install as many cameras as you can monitor 24/7?


Install as many cameras as possible:
 47%
Monitor the cameras you have 24/7:
 53%

 


Do you think police should have to show probable cause that a crime has been committed before using facial-recognition software on images captured by surveillance cameras?


Yes:
 60%
No:
 40%

 


Do you think police should have to show probable cause that a crime has been committed before conducting non-stop video surveillance of an individual?


Yes:
 67%
No:
 33%

 


How long should video images be retained if there is no report that a crime has been committed?


A day:
 7%
A week:
 18%
A month:
 26%
A year:
 27%
Five years:
 15%
Forever:
 7%

 


Do you generally favor or oppose the use of surveillance cameras at intersections to record the license numbers and makes of cars that run red lights and provide the evidence of a municipal red light violation?


Favor:
 50%
Oppose:
 50%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.