Two more arguments against CCTV cameras

At Big Brother Watch we are often warning you of the problems of Britain's near-ubiquitous CCTV coverage.

We have documented how the authorities come to rely upon their CCTV networks - to the detriment of the police and public.

We have warned of the ability of next-generation cameras to record where you are going and log the data – creating ever-more intrusive surveillance.

And we have complained about the cost which, when compared the equivalent cost of a policeman, appears to be an enormous waste given the limited efficacy of CCTV.

Banksy-one-nation-under-cctv This morning there are two more great examples of why the current go-to of national and local authorities looking for a quick-fix on security is severely misplaced.

The first is the use and potential abuse of CCTV cameras. The old adage of 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' becomes obsolete when those looking aren't doing so for the right reasons. Just ask the women who stayed in this cottage.

The second argument is against the aethetics of CCTV cameras. The reality is that the black varnished-metal poles with their cyclopean glass-lens staring down not only exude an atmosphere of Orwellian surveillance, they are also a horrible eye-sore. Not least in quaint rural villages and around ancient relics or monuments with emotional significance.

As ever, we will continue to oppose the imposition of CCTV cameras except in cases where all other means of security have been exhausted or proven ineffective.

By Dylan Sharpe