Video surveillance is becoming part of the growing security dimension of our digitally modern lives. SecurityInfoWatch advises that “The deployment of urban video surveillance is the fastest growing segment of the video world. The expansion in large metropolises to smaller burgs is unrelenting. In fact, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg once said that Americans should get used to ‘more visibility and less privacy,’ because ‘there will be cameras every place’ in the next five years in urban spaces.”
Even if a locale doesn’t have many of its own video security cameras, it can probably contract with other agencies to provide photos if and when it needs them. “Whenever we have a criminal case,” says Arlington, VA’s Police Chief Murray Farr, “the police department works very closely with its private partners to obtain any of (the) video that may have been captured within the vicinity of the event. We also have contracts with the Metropolitan Transit Authority to obtain video information on the Metro line, along with the Virginia Department of Transportation for the highways in the Commonwealth.”
So keep smiling, you may well be on somebody’s camera.