Friday, May 25, 2007

WI-Fi Surveillance "Supposedly" Cuts Crime in South Central L.A.


A Motorola Wi-Fi video surveillance system installed in the Jordan Downs housing project in South Central L.A. has CUT "MAJOR" CRIME THERE BY 32%. South Central is the birth place of the nationwide gang epidemic. The system, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, "includes Axis Communications video cams mounted on light poles around the development, Motorola Motomesh multiradio wireless broadband access points, and a multiscreen command center inside the LAPD's Southeast Substation." Soon L.A.P.D. plans video screens in cop cars so they can monitor crimes en route. Here's an idea: Drop crime further by opening up that Wi-Fi network to all residents, giving kids something to do and introducing them to the wider world.

OBM: Cameras do not stop people from doing crimes it just makes them change how they do them. Here is a novel idea....How about bringing vocational training, JOBS, and after school tech. & education programs to these apartments so the residents can help themselves through education & good jobs while lowering their need to commit crimes to survive and attain some decent standard of living.

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