ID Neighbors Want Surveillance Cameras

The Seattle Times says neighbors in the International District are holding a fundraiser to buy surveillance cameras to fight crime in the troubled neighborhood:

Money raised at the dinner will be added to funds from the city and state, as well as money from private donors, to purchase a network of surveillance cameras to be installed around the neighborhood.

The cameras could be useful in helping police identify those committing a crime in the neighborhood. In fact, one test camera in the area already has helped authorities capture and prosecute a suspect involved in drug dealing, Chan said.

Unfortunately, the Times doesn’t bother to mention that cameras have had little to no effect on crime in either the UK and the US.