(The Telegraph) 25 Aug 2009 - Fewer than one crime is solved by every 1,000 closed circuit television cameras, the Metropolitan Police, Britain's biggest police force, has admitted.
Each case helped by the use of CCTV effectively costs £20,000 to detect, Met figures showed.
Critics of Britain’s so-called 'surveillance society' said it raised serious concerns over how police forces used CCTV cameras to fight crime.
Britain is one of the most monitored countries in the world, with an estimated four million cameras nationwide.
An internal report released by the Metropolitan Police under Freedom of Information laws disclosed that more than one million of these are in London alone.
However, it cast doubt on the use of the cameras as a crime fighting tool.
It said: “For every 1,000 cameras in London, less than one crime is solved per year.”
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