Chicago Transit Authority’s 21 Percent Jump In Reported Crime Brings Video Surveillance Cameras Into Focus

Video surveillance cameras are thought to be incredibly-effective deterrents to criminal activity. Over time, image resolution has improved, while costs have come down, leading to a proliferation of these devices all over America’s urban landscape.

Yet, a new analysis of such cameras and reported crime at Chicago Transit Authority rail stations probably has some wondering just how effective they really are in the fight against crime.

Art Golab and Rosalind Rossi reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website yesterday afternoon:

Even with $26 million in high-resolution cameras finally in full force last year, reported crime at CTA rail stations rose 21 percent, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis shows.

And compared with 2010 — well before most of the CTA’s current 3,600 rail station cameras were installed — station crime was up 32 percent

The good news is that while overall crime is up, violent crime is down 30 percent. And when all reported crime is counted, Chicago is close to achieving swift arrests in two of every three station crimes.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Via comments over at Second City Cop this morning, I hear at least one Chicago media outlet is running the same story as violent crime is down 30 percent on CTA trains.

Can’t say I’m really too surprised to find that out.

Golab and Rossi talked about the criminal activity in more detail. From the piece:

Also worth noting: Only five percent of CTA station crimes were categorized as “violent” by the FBI — ranging from murder to rape to strong-arm robbery — and such offenses dropped a substantial 30 percent between 2011 and 2012, the Sun-Times found. However, the arrest rate for those crimes also fell four percentage points over that period.

Other station crimes — a category that includes cell phone thefts, purse-snatchings, fare evasion, simple assault and drug crimes — were up 26 percent.

Combined with “violent” crimes, that translates into a 21 percent overall increase in station crime across the system’s 145 rail stations.

Sucks to hear criminal activity has picked up on the CTA. Then again, seeing that my girlfriend was recently pick-pocketed aboard one of their buses, I can’t say that I’m shocked.

Are video surveillance cameras effective deterrents to crime? I’m guessing they are. Will the cameras put an end to criminal activity like some politicians may want you to believe? No way- if only because there will always be criminals who just don’t care they’re being filmed while carrying out their dirty deeds.

Don’t let a location full of security cameras lull you into a false sense of security. Remember- you and you alone are ultimately responsible for your personal safety.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Golab, Art and Rossi, Rosalind. “More CTA cameras haven’t stopped increase in crime.” Chicago Sun-Times. 25 Feb. 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/18393808-761/more-cta-cameras-havent-stopped-increase-in-crime.html). 26 Feb. 2013.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a comment



Please Rate this Blog HERE



Christopher E. Hill, Editor
9,882 Visits March 2015
560,718 Visits 11/22/10-3/31/15

Limited Time Offers

Via Banner Ads Below (navigate to vendor home page if necessary):
ANY CHARACTER HERE
>JM Bullion 1 Oz. Sunshine Silver Round On Sale (any qty. 89¢ over spot)
ANY CHARACTER HERE
>BUDK 30% Off Everything Sitewide ($49 min. order; code needed)
ANY CHARACTER HERE
>Airsoft Megastore 25% Off Order Or Free Shipping (codes req.)
ANY CHARACTER HERE
>BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap $119 Pre-Order Price; Bulletproof Backpack Panel $99
ANY CHARACTER HERE
>Food Insurance Sitewide Savings Up To 65% Off + Free Shipping On Orders Over $150
ANY CHARACTER HERE
>My Patriot Supply Survival Seed Vault $29.95
ANY CHARACTER HERE
>Nitro-Pak Save Up To 40% On Emergency Radios
ANY CHARACTER HERE
>Tractor Supply Co. Free UPS Standard Delivery All Orders Shipped To Store (no min. purchase required)
NEW! Advertising Disclosure HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Free UPS ship to store on all Tractor Supply Company orders! Shop now! Tractor Supply Co. Review Coming Soon
ANY CHARACTER HERE
JM Bullion Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
MyPatriotSupply.com Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Nitro-Pak--The Emergency Preparedness Leader Nitro-Pak Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Food Insurance Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
BullionVault BullionVault.com Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
EMS clearance CHIEF Supply Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
BulletSafe Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Survival Titles Save 20% Paladin Press Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
BUDK bowie knife BUDK Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Shop Pyramyd Air Field Target Products PyramydAir.com Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Airsoft Megastore Reviewed HERE
ANY CHARACTER HERE
 

Categories

Archives

Prepper Website