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Is Camera Surveillance an Effective Measure of Counterterrorism?
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 1430073
Author(s) Stutzer, Alois; Zehnder, Michael
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Year 2013
Title Is Camera Surveillance an Effective Measure of Counterterrorism?
Journal Defence and peace economics
Volume 24
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 1-14
Keywords Camera surveillance, Closed-circuit television (CCTV), Deterrence, Public security, Terrorism, H56, K42
Abstract Camera surveillance has recently gained prominence in policy proposals on combating terrorism. We evaluate the instrument based on a comparative perspective and previous evidence on crime. We expect camera surveillance to have a relatively smaller deterrent effect on terrorism than on other forms of crime. In particular, we emphasize that: (i) terrorists have more opportunities for substitution; (ii) targets under camera surveillance might become more and not less attractive if terrorists aspire media attention; (iii) real-time interventions are limited as behaviour is only understood as suspicious in the light of hindsight; and (iv) closed-circuit television might crowd out social surveillance.
Publisher Routledge
ISSN/ISBN 1024-2694
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1080/10242694.2011.650481
ISI-Number WOS:000313627400001
Document type (ISI) Article

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