This is a short synopsis of a recent post from our CALSAGA blog that covers the use of neighborhood cameras and community surveillance methods to aid police in catching criminals.
In a recent CALSAGA blog post, we take a look at some of the measures being used by neighborhoods and community safety organizations, with a particular eye on what’s been going on in Oakland, California. In a previous post, we had discussed security trends and the use of private, contract security officers hired to protect some neighborhoods in Oakland. This time, we take a look at the use of surveillance cameras being used in communities and how it’s part of a larger trend of neighborhood safety measures being taken in different parts of the country.
Importance of Community Dialogue Around Safety
The recent emergence of creative approaches to community safety are something of an outgrowth of neighborhood watch programs, which brought neighborhoods together around safety concerns. In some ways, these newer approaches can be seen as a natural next step, but with more preventative measures in place and better methods of helping local police thanks to technology.
What Comes Next In Neighborhood Security?
It’s too soon to tell what the next step is for communities looking for an added measure of security, but we are definitely starting to see some creativity and innovation in the ways that neighborhoods are approaching their collective safety. Stay tuned to our blog for further updates about community safety news and trends in neighborhood security.
Neighborhood & Community Safety Resources
Community Crime Prevention – From the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, a topic page about crime prevention with Q&A’s, related links and publications on the subject.
Bureau of Justice Statistics – A collection of data and studies related to justice on a local, state and national level. The BJS is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice.
First Security Services is a member of CALSAGA, the California Association of Licensed Security Agents, Guards and Associates.