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The Use Of Security Cameras On College Campuses In An Age Of Insanity
EDITORIAL by andy Wendt POSTED 04/19/2007
In the days immediately following the 2007, April 16th tragedy at Virginia Tech we at CameraSecurityNow.com received several calls from reporters and news organizations that all searched in vain for any statistics that related to campus violence and video surveillance. As of course one of the first details to emerge that day included the fact that Virginia Tech had no campus wide video surveillance system in place.
Although that fact is still some what of a shock in today’s world it was quickly pointed out by one of the campus officials that a surveillance system would have done nothing to "prevent" this tragedy. Unfortunately I have to say on that one point they are right.
Video Surveillance Systems can benefit a campus in a number of ways. They can deter crime, or youthful shenanigans, they can help provide evidence critical to the apprehension of suspects, they can provide invaluable live data to emergency response personnel at the moment of crisis but they can not deter or prevent the "insanity" that happened April 16th at Virginia Tech.
From my view of this world I do not see that surveillance systems will never prevent such an act but what if it had gone on longer? What if the gunman went into hiding only to emerge again minutes later to kill a dozen more students? If that were the case would the lack of a surveillance system that could have easily tracked the gunman’s location and reported it to the police be such a non issue for the campus security to explain away?
Though there is only one “person” responsible for this tragedy I think that all of us including our largest institutions need to remember: “All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing”.
If we as a society continue to put finances and concerns for
civil liberties ahead of our need for video surveillance, if we continue to
be afraid of allowing the most decent and trusted amongst us to defend
themselves, if we continue to deny that such horrors could ever happen to us
or our loved ones, then in effect we will continue to do nothing and it is
just a matter of time, if only for a matter of life shattering minutes,
until such insanity will again return and possibly succeed.
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