Canadian Policing Research Catalogue

CCTV : literature review and bibliography / by Wade Deisman.

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Canadian Policing Research Catalogue



Alternate Title

TVCF : analyse de la documentation et bibliographie.




Includes bibliographical references (p. 24-35).


1 online resource (35, [1] pages)


"Research and Evaluation Branch, Community, Contract and Aboriginal Policing Services Directorate."
Author affiliated with: University of Ottawa.
Issued also in French under title: TVCF : analyse de la documentation et bibliographie.


The review shows that the effects of CCTV on crime are both quite variable and fairly unpredictable. Deterrence effects of CCTV are not constant over time and they vary across crime categories. For example, CCTV systems appear to have the least effect upon public disorder offences. The magnitude of deterrence effects appears to depend on location: the greatest effect appears to occur in car parks. Furthermore, the cameras do not need to be operational for deterrence effects to be observed. The deterrence effects of CCTV are highest when it is used in conjunction with other crime reduction measures and when tailored to the local setting. Finally, while deterrence effects have been shown before the cameras are operational, continuing publicity is required to maintain the effects. .


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Executive summary -- Introduction -- Overview -- Description of the literature -- Open questions - Further research -- Conclusion -- Bibliography.

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