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You're captured - on camera

Posted Sunday, December 16, 2007, at 9:47 PM

How many times per month do you suppose you are captured on camera?

When we drive along interstates are even on streets we are likely caught on traffic cameras a few times.

Go into many stores of any variety and there is very likely a camera pointed in your direction either along the aisles or at the check-out counter.

Cameras capture you in many parking lots and almost certainly in the parking areas at malls.

Safety? Certainly. Surveillance cameras lead the capture of many criminals.

Many people say they are comfortable with so much camera surveillance and if you are a law-abiding citizen rather than a criminal there is no reason to worry.

Like most good things a few will find ways to abuse it and turn honest, law-abiding citizens into victims.

Cameras are relatively cheap and so tiny they are easily concealed.

Is there some point where the security factor disappears and your right of privacy begins to be a factor?

What are your thoughts on being caught on camera so often without even being told to smile?

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Personally, I am not affected one way or the other by being photographed or videoed in a public setting. If one is not doing anything morally wrong or illegal, why should anyone make such a big deal over it?

Just a couple of weeks ago I was pulled over and ticketed for speeding. I was also searched. I'm sure this was all captured on the patrol car's dash camera. I wasn't upset at all by this because number one, I was speeding and number two, even though I thought the search was uncalled for, I don't have anything to hide from anyone. The officer was just doing what my tax dollars pay him to do.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 2:07 AM

Why were you searched? You were speeding, thats not a criminal act. You need to do a criminal act before they can search your car.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 7:17 AM

Evil Monkey, funny you should bring that point up. I was pulled over a few years back b/c apparently the FACTORY muffler on my Z71 was too loud. The "officer" who pulled me over says "I'm gonna run my dog through your truck.". I said "right after mine runs through yours". The officer was visibly upset but had no reason to put a dog in my truck. In the end she didn't even so much as write a ticket. Although she did threaten to get a warrant to put her dog in my truck and I informed her I would wait right there until I saw such a warrant. I did, however, give HER permission to look through the vehicle just without the dog as I felt that was uncalled for and my own dogs didn't sit in the cab. She took me up on my offer but it did her no good. She must have been sooo bored :(

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 7:30 AM

Maybe you all need to check on the current state of affairs, Thanks to the "patriot" act, you can be searched without cause at any time, for any reason. Y'all correct me if I'm wrong. The days of a warrant are over. Our rights of habeas corpus have also been terminated, meaning you can be held without a legal representative.

-- Posted by dmcg on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 8:19 AM

dmcg, my situation occured about 4 and a half years ago. It seems that the officer knew my ex husband was an associate of someone else she found it fun to harrass.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 8:41 AM

Being searched for speeding? I wouldn't allow my car to be searched without a warrant. I am not a criminal and don't even carry cigaretes in my car but to search with no reason is ridiculous. To let a dog rummage through my car would definitely require a warrant!

As far as cameras go, they don't bother me. I think they can be helpful in tracking down criminals.

Remember the case not long ago where the young woman was kidnapped in the parking lot? If I remember right the cameras there were very helpful in finding the suspect.

Also, the cameras in the loan place here in town took nice pictures as well last week.

-- Posted by DannysGal on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 12:18 PM

In this day and age when technology seems to be outrunning morality, I like cameras when used properly for security and helping catch the bad guys.

One thing that does concern me is the possibility that someone, unknown to owners or anyone else, would place such a device in a hotel room or public restroom.

Should there be some type scanning device to be used periodically to guard against this possibility.

-- Posted by bomelson on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 3:56 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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