CCTV on public transport – is it necessary?

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Public use of CCTV has been a highly controversial topic in recent years, with mixed emotions about their purpose, effectiveness and the fear of ‘Big Brother’ watching your every move.  However, there seems to be a growing number of circumstances where CCTV has proven to be for the benefit of ordinary individuals as well as the public at large. Take the recent reports on the brutish manner in which a 62 year-old man was man-handled off a train and then held face-down on the floor for 9 minutes.  This unpleasant incident was caught on CCTV last year, and without it perhaps the Authorised Officers responsible would have gotten away scot-free. Worrying Trend? Worryingly, this is not the first incident of its kind, nor is it a rarity.  The Age reported that around 10 million so called “contacts” occur every year between Authorised Officers and the general public.  All of this begs the question: do the public need CCTV on public transport in order to feel safe? Why CCTV SHOULD be installed There may very well be a valid argument that says – yes.  Not only would CCTV on public transport help keep members of the public safe from acts of excessive force, muggings or other violent crime; but it would also surely have a positive impact on vandalism, anti-social behaviour, and the harassment and abuse of staff. Of course, CCTV’s main benefit is as a deterrent – if people know they are being watched – they’re less likely to behave badly.  However, sometimes acting as a deterrent isn’t enough, and if things get out of hand, it’s good to...