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While the British government has spent an estimated £500m on CCTV cameras there continues to be both doubts over their effectiveness and concerns for their social impact. There are over a million cameras in the UK but the BBC says that an internal police report says they rarely help British authorities catch criminals:

In one month CCTV helped capture just eight out of 269 suspected robbers [in London]. David Davis MP, the former shadow home secretary, said: “It should provoke a long overdue rethink on where the crime prevention budget is being spent.”

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