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Surveillance cameras a tool for deterrence

Good camera work played a key role in the identification of the suspects in Monday’s bombings. But the reliance on store-mounted cameras and cellphone video from the public suggests that Boston Police could benefit from updating their approach to surveillance cameras — particularly by placing cameras more systematically at sporting events and other locations where large numbers of people gather. This step alone may have some deterrent effect.

While the current system may be sufficient for after-the-fact investigations, Boston lags New York, London, and other cities that make maximum use of closed-circuit television cameras for crime prevention.

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