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  • People are putting their faith in automated observers
  • People are putting their faith in automated observers
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Why are we welcoming CCTV into our homes?

CCTV surveillance is almost inescapable in modern Britain. Yet despite calls for a curb on cameras, more and more are being installed – and not just by local authorities, but by regular citizens too. Are we feeling more vulnerable in our homes? And does CCTV actually make us feel safer?

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CCTV surveillance in almost inescapable in modern Britain; according to research conducted by the British Security Industry Association, there were up to 5.9 million cameras nationwide in 2013 – roughly one per 11 people. [1][2] Yet despite the public calling for a curb on these devices, more and more are being installed – and not just by local authorities and private businesses, but by regular citizens too.

In January 2016, electronics retailer Maplin reported that its sales of CCTV equipment had risen 31.7% year-on-year. CEO Oliver Meakin explained that this increased interest came down to ...

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