CCTV has no real impact on crime

A study into the effects of CCTV indicate that it has little significant impact on crime levels on housing estates, and in fact may increase offences by giving victims a ‘false sense of security’. The review found that the cameras had the best impact in cutting break-ins in car parks which are well lit and have attendants on duty. It also reported on the ‘huge’ cost of installing the cameras, finding CCTV spending accounted for 75 per cent of the Home Office crime prevention budget in the last decade.