03 Dec '11, 9pm

Eye spy?: The many new police surveillance cameras installed in the area since last year seem to have had no det...

AN oft-heard exhortation by the Singapore Police Force goes: "Low crime doesn't mean no crime." It reflects the unrelenting quest to, if not drive crime down, ensure crooks and criminals are kept in check to preserve Singapore's reputation as a safe city. And so, even as the Republic's crime rate last year was around 660 per 100,000 (it has hovered around that figure for the past five years), the Ministry of Home Affairs announced in October the expansion of the network of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras into local neighbourhoods islandwide, mainly to assist in investigations into crimes. That there has hitherto been no conspicuous reaction to the impending extra surveillance, does it mean Singaporeans do not view the move as threatening to their privacy? National University of Singapore sociologist Tan Ern Ser said the muted response so far suggests that people "...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC111204-0000006/Eye-spy

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