Not saying I told you so, but I told you so. Noah Pransky reports:
St. Petersburg has experimented with surveillance cameras in recent years too, but the technology has yet to provide the city with any tangible results. St. Pete spent roughly $10,000 on approximately 10 cameras and uplinks in 2009.
Not only can police not attribute a single arrest to the cameras, but they don’t have anyone monitoring them. Mayor Bill Foster admitted the technology’s value is limited without monitoring.
“Do we have the data to show they’ve been a great deterrent?” St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster asked rhetorically. “Probably not.”
Foster says St. Petersburg hasn’t had the money to move its surveillance program past the pilot stage, but someday hopes to expand it when money becomes available. He cited grants or seizures as possible funding sources.
“It’s all about public safety and it’s just an extension of eyes and ears,” Foster said.
Again: Not only can police not attribute a single arrest to the cameras, but they don’t have anyone monitoring them.