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Commissioner Work: Crime Down, Cameras Down

SURVEILLANCE—CANADA

July 26, 2010

Based on a Statistics Canada report showing that Calgary's crime rate is below the national average and down seven percent from 2008, Alberta Privacy Commissioner Frank Work wants some of the city's surveillance cameras removed, reports the Calgary Herald. "The barbarians aren't loose in the streets--maybe we can afford to be a bit more skeptical," Work said. The city installed 16 cameras in high-crime areas last March and will hear a progress report this coming February. Work says the cameras don't effectively fight crime, but police say that the cameras are an important tool and have used camera footage for investigations more than 70 times since their installation.
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