Deltek Analyst Joanna Salina reports.
Surveillance initiatives have continued to expand across the country as many states and localities look for more feasible and cost-effective ways to fight crime. Through 2012 and years to come, there will be an even greater need for surveillance technology to be more advanced, efficient and cheaper to fit within strapped budgets. As technologies continue to improve, more public safety departments will seek innovative, proactive approaches to prevent crime, and will rely on surveillance tools to supplement the high cost of personnel.
The proliferation of cameras in public areas, private business and homes has provided substantial assistance to law enforcement officials in identifying potential crime leads and suspects. They offer a fast, unbiased, real-time approach to law enforcement that has led to a significant drop in crime rates. Of the many types of surveillance technologies, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are the most common. Audio recording, computer software, and aerial imagery are also used in surveillance, as are red-light cameras for traffic control.
Surveillance acts as both a proactive and reactive crime-fighting tool. The use of cameras in high-traffic areas allows personnel to essentially patrol and monitor an area without an officer being physically present. Further, these various monitoring tools provide captured evidence that can be examined and replayed, which aids in reducing any discrepancies in crime reports.
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