You surprise me, Clinton. I'd only expect CCTV cameras to be monitored in real time where there was a high chance of seeing something and being able to take action in time to be of any use. Certainly private security guards in buildings do this, but I thought the only time the Police would be watching live coverage would be when they were forewarned, as part of special security procedures - e.g. during big demonstrations or high-profile visits.In the implementation you've got hundreds of millions of tax payers money spent on equipment to watch public areas even those that are usually very, very safe and more millions spent on poorly trained, voyeur employees watching those cameras.
I don't dislike security cameras, although I agree that some are probably unnecessary 'business for the boys' purchases. At least they can't be used to create a revenue stream rather than attacking the problem, as many speed cameras undoubtedly are.