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Over-surveillance is not the answer

Video surveillance can be effective in helping to solve some crimes, but it is largely ineffective in deterring violent crimes. Fear-driven calls for more surveillance oversimplify cameras’ role in public safety (“Surveillance cameras a tool for deterrence,” Editorial, April 20).

Surveillance cameras did not prevent the Boston Marathon attack, the London subway bombing, or the attempted bombing of Times Square. Numerous studies show that they do not deter serious or violent crime.

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