Thanks to Kate Beecroft for the CCTV questions, generating surprising answers. It seems that despite CCTV cameras springing up like mushrooms, apparently de rigeur, the latest urban must-have, we don’t really know how effective they are or to what extent they have been helpful in crime prevention or detection. It almost appears that vandalism in the Rose Gardens was reason enough to spawn a CCTV viral epidemic. I’m certain we can rest assured that CCTV is an integral part of all the recent, ongoing and future urban refurbishments. Why?
Recap: The Chief Constable has told us that we live in a safe place. Low crime rate. High detection rate. Surely the envy of many cities. Yet, many European cities, which haven’t yet caught the British surveillance bug, continue to operate without collapsing under the weight of crime and vice. Which surely prompts the question: Why is the Isle of Man spending so much money on surveillance equipment? If this is a safe place – which it undoubtedly is – and we are not being spied on (some report extremely poor quality CCTV images) – this leaves only one further possibility: Cui Bono? Who benefits? Who profits from this massive installation of unnecessary and, arguably, unwanted surveillance equipment? Now that’ s the answer we really need. Mrs Beecroft, would it be possible to obtain the answer to this question? That would surely be of interest to us all.