Baltimore To Install Cameras In High-Crime Areas


If Baltimore’s Board of Estimates approves a $2.9 million contract, closed-circuit cameras will be placed in three high-crime areas by September and will be constantly monitored by police, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The controversial practice of watching citizens in public spaces is already happening in New Orleans, Chicago, London and other cities. In Jersey City, N.J., cameras had been operating for just a few days when they captured a shooting – and an image of the shooter high-fiving his friend as the pair walked from the scene. But other cities, including Miami and Detroit, have stopped using closed-circuit cameras because their police agencies did not find them to be cost-effective in cutting crime.


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