Critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of CCTV in public places.
2. CCTV systems and society
3. High costs and poor efficiency
4. Advantages of CCTV systems
5. The rise of the “Big Brother Society”
By closed-circuit television, also known as CCTV, is intended the use of a system of video cameras,
usually for surveillance purposes. The cameras used in CCTV systems transmit a signal to a certain
number of monitors and, therefore, isn’t openly transmitted like it happens with broadcast
Crime has always been with human beings, however, with the world’s population constantly
growing, the likelihood of crimes being committed is bound to increase, which is why technological
advances are essential to helping the police and all the other bodies and organisations committed to
making the world a safer place. (Braithwaite, 1975)
This is where CCTV systems come into play, as they can record images and help authorities control
specific areas and find out what really happened, should a crime be committed.
Although the use of CCTV systems has been criticised, as they are also seen as a control method
and a violation of people’s freedom and privacy, their usefulness in protecting people and helping
authorities to reduce crime and make society safer can not be denied.