OPINION

CCTV works, so let’s use it

Closed-circuit television cameras have proven to be especially useful in many parts of the world for capturing criminals in the act. Here in Greece, they have also proven to be an important tool for law enforcement, as displayed by the arrest of five hooligans who launched a violent attack against police officers at the capital’s Olympic Stadium last December during a soccer match between Panthrakikos and AEK, which left seven policemen injured, four of them seriously. The footage from the security cameras tells us two things: The first is that when the state and the police work together in a concerted effort, they are perfectly capable of performing their duties properly. The second thing this particular incident proves is that CCTV cameras have become a necessity and, given that the public’s right to privacy is protected, can become an important tool for fighting crime and rooting out terrorist gangs. In any case, many other parts of the world have adopted this technology a long time ago and seen positive results. Now it is Greece’s turn to do so too.