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Editorial: CDTA's bus shelter cameras most welcome

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The goal of the Capital District Transportation Authority’s BusPlus program was never just faster trips on the Route 5 corridor between Schenectady and Albany. It was also to encourage so-called transit oriented development — more people living and more businesses locating along the bus line — and CDTA’s installation of 12 security cameras focused on its shelters in Schenectady (with another three to come) should help. The cameras have multiple purposes. One is to discourage ...

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July 5, 2012
11:05 a.m.

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"The civil liberties issues have long ago been settled with security cameras in public spaces."

This is far from true.

How long has the SPD had the software that identifies faces seen on CCTV? How long has it had the software that tracks people and cars around the city?

Has crime decreased in high video surveillance cities compared to cities without CCTV?

Why does society not address the real causes of crime: inequitable resources for children, inequitable opportunities, the war on drugs far less harmful than the killer alcohol, inequitable access to high quality criminal defense lawyers....

This would be difficult, and it would require the propertied class to reflect on their, as T. Jefferson said, "moral duties to others".

Ubiquitous surveillance is the easy answer as it protects the divisive status quo.

July 18, 2012
4:19 p.m.

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"the shelter cams, which show not only the shelter but surrounding traffic, can be monitored live at the police station; " ----

I seem to recall that a few years ago a camera in Vale Park was damaged .... but the fact that there was no picture being sent wasn't noticed at the P.D. until days later.

How most of the out-of-towners I know that live in the "burbs" interpreted these camera stories was confirmation of their fears that Schenectady is a dangerous place, so dangerous that those waiting for a bus must be given special protections.