Lately we've had a few CCTVs over here in the hospital as well - no doubt my psych colleagues are studying it hard in a bid to confine me to the asylum. :)
Studies seem to claim that the very presence of a surveillance camera in the area manages to deter the petty criminals so you'll find plenty of CCTVs installed all over the city - supposedly to maintain a semblance of security. Seriously though I doubt it works all that well. After all, unless it's virtually manned by a security force of twelve brawny martial exponents, I don't think it's worth a fucking tinker's damn.
After all, what exactly does it deter otherwise?
Without a dirty dozen ready to rumble on the other side of the cam, it seems quite futile if you ask me. Sure, it would be useful after the heinous crime is committed. And I'm sure it's really kewl that you can record every minute detail of the robbery / murder in high-definition with surround sound but no thanks.
Officer #1 : Ooh, look. Hot rich babe walking down a dark alley. Look at those pearls. I bet she's mugged.
Officer #2 : Won't take that wager, my man. Just look behind her.
Officer #1 : OMG. This is better than an episode of CSI! Look, that lady is being robbed!
Officer #2 : Whoa. And she's struggling. The perp has a six-inch blade out! Yikes, look at her neck spurting red. That's gotta hurt!
Officer #1 : Someone save her! Wait. Aren't you supposed to be patrolling?
Officer #2 : Aren't you?!
Officer #1 : Hmm. Well, at least we got some really good pictures.
Paints quite a picture, doesn't it?
Aiks. I killed the hottie.
Seriously. It's really too late to find the murderer once the victim's mutilated corpse is floating anonymously face-down along the banks of the city rivers awaiting the local CSIs. Catching the perp after the event is just lousy. And you can bet that posthumous revenge is just not my style.
But I bet the paparazzi would love the titillating shots.