Peter Scharf, a crime expert and Faculty in SPH, weighs in on New Orleans Police Street Cameras.
Read the full article featured in the New Your Times, “Will 1,500 Street Cameras Be a Wet Blanket in New Orleans?”
Jan. 30, 2018
NEW ORLEANS — Can the allure of this famously rakish and freewheeling city survive if its streets are covered by a 1,500-camera video monitoring system?
Will inhibitions start to creep in and diminish the improvisatory nature of street life here, putting a hitch in the strut of Mardi Gras revelers and second-line paraders? Will tourists intent on indulging in a little sin stay away if they think they are being watched?
New Orleans officials, burdened with a seemingly intractable violent crime problem, are considering a plan that would create one of the most extensive video-monitoring systems for any midsize American city. The plan would require every business with an alcohol license to install street-facing security cameras, and connect them to a real-time monitoring center overseen by the city.