Last week some kind soul sideswiped my car while it was parked up and then failed to stop and leave details. I got back to the car to see the whole driver's side damaged and the wing mirror completely gone. So far the cost is up to £850, out of our pockets. I reported it to the police and a policeman said 'it's a shame there's no CCTV there'. I agree. If there was, I'd be able to identify the culprit at least, even if they're not insured.
It struck me that there are a lot of people in this country who really don't like the number of CCTV cameras that there are and I wondered how they'd feel in my situation, or if they got mugged, or if a family member was attacked. Would they still think 'oh well, at least I can walk down the road without 'big brother' watching me' or would they wish that a camera might have captured the attack on film to be used to prosecute, or even to have allowed an immediate police response while the attack was actually happening? What about terrorist activities, which are not government fueled paranoia, I have a friend who was a senior policeman and he's told me a little about the briefings they used to get on terrorist cells in this country, will we not be glad when a CCTV camera picks up suspicious activity before people start dying and allows intervention?
Are the privacy fans the first people to moan when it all goes wrong and there was no surveillance to help them? Kinda like the people who hate the police but then are the first on the phone to them when they need help.
At what price do we obtain our privacy?