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Video Cameras Keep us Safe

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Seacowboys, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    200 surveillance cameras at Van Dyke houses fail to stop rape suspect

    Friday, March 21st 2008, 4:00 AM
    [​IMG] Video surveillance image of unidentified rape suspect inside elevator Thursday at Van Dyke housing complex in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

    <!-- ARTICLE CONTENT START --> Once again a rapist was caught on videotape, and once again cops failed to see him, police sources said Thursday.
    A 19-year-old woman was raped at knifepoint inside the Van Dyke houses in Brooklyn early Thursday - a housing complex with more than 200 cameras supposedly monitored around the clock by the NYPD.
    Sources told the Daily News that at least one video camera recorded the rapist grabbing the young woman and pulling her into an elevator.
    The suspect hustled the young woman out of the elevator and raped her in a stairwell landing of the Brownsville complex, sources said. The actual sexual assault was not caught on video, police said.
    "What he did is the worst thing to do to someone," the victim's aunt said. "He is a monster, this man."
    Police officials believe the attacker is the same man who raped a 30-year-old woman March 6 in the housing complex.
    In both cases, the man wielded a knife and dragged his victim to a stairway landing. Both times he made similar threats, saying, "Don't scream, don't fight or I'll stab you," sources said.
    The 30-year-old victim told police she recognized the man from the neighborhood, which is why her guard was down.
    What horrified residents was that in both cases, the rapist, if not the violent attack, was caught on video. The suspect who raped the woman March 6 was on camera for nearly 30 minutes, sources said.
    Roughly 224 cameras feed live video to 30 small TV monitors. Each camera's image flashes for only seven seconds.
    Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said the actual sex assault was not filmed. He said there was no indiction that any suspicious action was transmitted in the seven-second bursts.
    Police released a video image of the suspect - and offered a $12,000 reward for his capture.
    The video monitors are staffed mostly by cops who are on medical leave or face disciplinary action and cannot carry a weapon.
    The officers, in the so-called viper units, call other cops to respond to criminal activity.
    "It's mind-numbing, and actually difficult, to watch 30, 40, 50 cameras, all flashing different images every five to seven seconds," said a cop familiar with the system. "It's bad for the residents, it's bad for the cops."
    Police asked anyone with information about the suspect to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477.
  2. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Costs of 200 plus video cameras and staff to monitor them on an annual basis must be astronomical especially when compared to the cost of a single .45 slug.
  3. MbRodge

    MbRodge Monkey+++

    I find it absurd that they thought that system would actually help in any way.
  4. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    The "Surveillance Society" mentality that believes that being watched in our every move will somehow make us "Safe" has absolutely no foundation. I don't want to be a star on "Amazing Police Videos" especially posthumous.
    It is difficult to conceive the mind that fosters surveillance as a deterrent to crime will somehow save the day. Youtube is full of video robberies and shootings, didn't help there.
  5. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    All you need are lots of cameras and a phone to dial 911. The gov will protect you.

    Move along..... nothing to see here.
  6. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    To whom it may concern,

    We at Big Brother Inc. would like to take this moment to assure you that the monitoring devices we have installed in your every locale are indeed intended for your safety and peace of mind. Furthermore, it is with our greatest sympathies to note that while some crimes go undetected by our banks of electronic anti-crime devices, most do not. Through the past six months we have noted a great decrease in the amount of people who pick their noses in public. Let that stand in your mind as our guarantee that we will be vigilante to the last. We have your best interests at heart. We wish you a good day.

    Be well citizen.

    From the desk of I. C. Yu
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