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New mass surveillance database and 1984 action day - It's time to start speaking out against this covert and insidious destruction of our basic inalienable right to be let alone... more...

The silent increase in London's mass surveillance network, one year on... - At the time no-one seems to have noticed. One year on the sound of silence is still deafening.... more...

Magna Carta - our ancestors never imagined we would stop short - It was only to exhibit to their children the means that made them free, that they left this memorial to after ages... more...

When The Language Of Freedom dies, Freedom Dies With It - It is through language that we communicate and understand concepts such as freedom... more...

Orwell's warnings as relevant as ever - It is only through our own actions that we can effect a change to thinking in our societies... more...

CCTV Looking Out For Them Not You - the Home Office told local authorities to talk up any apparent successes of CCTV... more...

8th June 2014 - Time For Big Brother to Retire - We are living in the dystopian world of '1984' now. But we can change it.... more...

Body cameras - The 5 Laws of FFUCams - it might be true that the camera never lies, but who operates the camera?... more...

The Manufacture of ''Surveillance by Consent'' part 2 - what happens when the whole state and its every function become one massive security service... more...

International Group condemns Facewatch - ''Facewatch forms part of a ubiquitous surveillance culture that spreads fear and distrust''... more...

Landmark CCTV case in Australia - Mr Bonner's tribunal victory is a timely reminder that a meaningful debate is long over due... more...

The Manufacture of ''Surveillance by Consent'' - a trojan horse has been snuck into every public space in England and Wales... more...

New CCTV Code Consultation - proposed code creates a truly Orwellian definition of 'surveillance by consent'... more...

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Hits Out At ANPR - Should not be used to track the movements of law abiding motorists... more...

Government appoints CCTV yes man ... again - No CCTV warned in 2009 that more regulation is not the answer and we issue that same warning again today... more...

Open letter to UK Surveillance Regulators - A healthy society depends on the law-abiding majority being respected and trusted as they go about their daily lives... more...

Where to mate? 1984 please - Taxi cameras are part of a growing ''just in case'' mentality that treats everyone as suspects... more...

Britain under attack from 'talking' CCTV cameras - which stifle the very civic spirit they ''seek'' to create... more...

Internet Eyes and media politics - ''Let's bury our bad news on a busy news day'' says ICO... more...

Back to the Future - UK CCTV debate stuck in time loop - Imagine if you had a time machine could travel back to the 1990s... more...

NO CCTV - Street Lighting

Street lighting, unlike CCTV, is an effective and low cost crime prevention measure.

Good street lighting reduces cctv by 20%
Image by Anita Lasocka

A report produced by the National Association for the Care and Resettlment of offenders (NACRO) entitled 'To CCTV or not to CCTV?' found that:

Three-quarters of the Home Office Crime Prevention budget was spent on CCTV between 1996 and 1998, yet a comprehensive review has revealed the overall reduction in crime was only five per cent. A parallel systematic review carried out by the Home Office that looked at street lighting, however, found a highly significant reduction in crime of 20 per cent.

Download NACRO report (PDF)

There have been a number of studies into street lighting including:

  • Home Office Research Study 251 - Effects of improved street lighting on crime: a systematic review
  • A REVIEW OF STREET LIGHTING EVALUATIONS: CRIME REDUCTION EFFECTS by Ken Pease, University of Huddersfield
  • Effects of Improved Street Lighting on Crime - Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group
  • Street Lighting and Crime: Diffusion of Benefits in the Stoke-on-Trent Project - Kate Painter and David P. Farrington

Better community reduces crime, technology does not