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Public Surveillance Cameras / CCTV

Weston’s Video Surveillance Project: An Outcome Evaluation

Sarah J. McLean, Robert E. Worden, MoonSun Kim, and Tara L. Garmley (June, 2008)


This report presents findings from an outcome evaluation of one city’s video surveillance project. The study analyzed the impact of the introduction of cameras on crime and disorder within 150 foot and 350 foot intervention coverage areas. We compare pre- and post-intervention estimates in the coverage areas as well as assess intervention area trends against citywide trends in crime and disorder at comparable times. We find that the cameras do have an effect on crime and appear particularly successful at reducing disorder.

Other Resources

Ben Brown, CCTV in Town Centres: Three Case Studies, Home Office Police Research Group (1995)

Jerry Ratcliffe, Video Surveillance of Public Places, Problem-Oriented Guides for Police (2006)

CCTV: Constant Cameras Track Violators” NIJ Journal (July 2003)