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August 15th, 2012
03:52 PM ET

Cameras, Security and Privacy

On Thursday's show, we discuss how the U.S. government pays for projects that use security cameras to monitor certain places. In some of these projects, cameras are installed around a building or a city, and they send images to police who keep tabs on what's happening.

What are your thoughts on this?  Do you think security cameras are a threat to privacy if they're recording what people do in public, or do you think they're acceptable if they're intended to keep people safer?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. EJ

    Well, i think that privacy is much more important than security. With all those cameras, you don'y really feel that you have a place that you could actually be alone without anyone watching. It's a sad truth that crime has become a serious problem which has to be tolerated CCTVs even though it's a threat to people's privacy.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Mindy

      it is true because when you want to be alone the cameras are watching you it is kinda creepy

      August 20, 2012 at 11:48 am |
      • esmeralda

        your right it is creepy but mostly emberassing ,but at least it would make us feel safer

        August 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  2. Qin-Qin

    I feel that the use of cameras in public is perfectly acceptable. They don't put cameras in private places where it would be embarrassing, they do it for your safety, and I think they shouldn't change it.

    August 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Bill

      When did a camera anywhere on planet Earth stop a crime? Camera's are an invasion of privacy and this is only the begining. I get very sad when I think what the US will be like in 20 years. I fear privacy will be long gone and safety will be the new "F-word."

      August 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  3. Olivia

    Honestly, if you aren't doing anything questionable, it shouldn't matter if it's on tape. If you act in an acceptable way in public, then if people are watching you do it, it shouldn't matter! Those cameras are there to keep you safe, and they won't be a threat to your privacy, if you have nothing to hide.

    August 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Joshua

      how can they keep you safe? by the time you are stabbed/shot/mugged and they see it on the camera it is to late. Cameras do nothing but make us feel better. when you need help the police are only minutes away. i can get off 5 rounds in about three seconds, who is in a better position?

      August 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  4. Rachel

    I think the security camera is really needed for safety. I heard lots of news that crimes had solved with watching camera that was in the crimal place. It could threat privacy, but for safety I think that has to sufferd.

    August 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Ben

    I feel safer when I know there are people watching me that could help me if necessary. We have cameras at the store I work at, and they make me feel a lot safer after hours. I'd like to see the government create a huge camera network spanning the major cities in the country, as that could help step up defense a lot.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • Lake

      I feel my privacy would be heavily infringed upon. This story is reminiscent of George Orwell's dystopia in 1984, where the government (Big Brother) is always watching.

      August 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  6. Christian

    Well I think it is better because due to the economy failing crime has gone up so it is better. Although I think we kinda don't need it for terrorist attacks but still anything might happen

    August 16, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  7. Kevin

    I believe those cameras are acceptabe. If people want to have privacy, go home. In the public, security always comes first.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:22 am |
    • Bill

      You think like the Chinese. You would be better served by moving to China and and enjoying the cameras and safety China has to offer.

      August 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  8. Vy

    I think cameras are acceptable because they are really necessary for security forces watching their convenience stores, supermarkets, schools, buildings...to prevent their properties from stealing and destroying. Moreover they are clues in serious situations such as murders so that the criminals can not action in publish places. Therefore, they keep you safe indirectly.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:29 am |
  9. Celestyn

    I think having cameras around me is totally annoying.
    Because I need my privacy and no one will ever break it.
    But, if there is a lot of robbery or bullies, I think we might think about installing that. And if we have to or if we
    have no choice and goverment is pleading us to permit it, we have no choice! We have to keep our safety.
    But still, human being is the most important thing in all over the world. So I believe having so much cameras is not a good
    idea but if, if we really have to do it, one or two cameras are fine for us.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:09 am |
  10. Charles

    Cameras? Everywhere is fine, except my bedroom.

    I think it's a trend towards disappearing of privacy, but just like google map not only a threat.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:19 am |
  11. Marcus

    I think that schools should not have cameras because it is kind of stalkerish but we should have them if someone is fighting or getting bullied also i don't like bullies.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  12. samuel

    This is an invasion of privacy and you shouldn't have someone watching us 24/7.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  13. Steven

    It is very stalker to have camera in school because what if we go to the restroom that's very weird. i don't have a problem about it in stores but in school its very weird and awkward.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  14. bernard

    cameras are good when they're used to monitor the unusual behaviors of unknown characters in the society.i think is good for the safety of the county in particular the town residences

    August 16, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  15. Tyler

    I think that cameras are acceptable. they help us by catching bad people and they are good if someone is getting bullyed they can help them.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  16. Bryce

    Putting cameras everywhere is most definitely an invasion of privacy. The police and government can still enforce laws and protect our country without cameras. Nowadays, you can't go anywhere in public without being watched. Its ridiculous.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  17. Victor

    I believe that putting camera's for security on store's and buildings is fine, but having 15 or more and watching everything you do is an invasion of privacy. Its a good idea but its not so good for privacy.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:57 am |
  18. Dalia

    i think it is a good thing because it's not like the cameras are in your house ! For example lets say somebody is ditching school one day , its not like the cameras are going to realize that this specific kid is ditching ! Another example is lets say some guy wanted to meet his girlfriend somewhere without anyone else knowing , the cameras don't affect that , there not going to report that to the government or anyone ! Cameras will spot someone who kinda looks like there in the mood to blow something up and thats exactly what there for!

    August 16, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  19. Tori

    I understand why they put the cameras up, but i think we should get a little more privacy. Thinking your almost always being watched seems like a major invasion on privacy. We all ready have cameras in malls,shops, businesses, and schools. We should be able to walk down the street without being watched.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  20. Christoffer

    I think that the security camera system is a good thing for it could save millions. As long as it is not in restrooms or something like that. After 9/11 New York can now feel safer after the horrible disaster that occurred in 2001.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  21. Kiley

    I don't feel comfortable with cameras everywhere.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  22. mackenzie

    I'm pretty sure the government has better things to do than follow innocent people around all day.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Wil

      You live in a fantasy world.

      August 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  23. Alexis

    I think that with all the cameras around we will be safer and the security will be enforced. Although it is a small violation of privacy we can ensure ourselves of being safe.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  24. Javier

    I think its a good idea if its for the good of other people, and if it is to keep the wonderful world of America safe from those people that want to destroy our great country. I just hope that one day it won't get far enough that they put cameras in our house.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  25. david

    i think they are helpful because they show what happens or what could happen in future .

    August 16, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  26. Mitchell

    I do not think that the government should be funding these projects that use security cameras to watch people. If the government puts up multiple security cameras, some people will be under surveillance that are not supposed to be. It is also possible for an experienced computer hacker to get into the system and be able to watch and/or stalk whomever they please. These projects are an extreme invasion to privacy.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  27. william

    i don't think they are a threat to privacy, they are used to monitor crimes and to protect the streets.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  28. Michael

    I feel that being watched constantly is almost invading your personal privacy. If they're in appropriate places, then sure, go ahead. That's for our own safety. But being "blanketed" by security cameras is unfair. There might be perverts trying to watch women walking on the street.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  29. Stephen

    I never really thought about security cameras until now, and I think that cameras all around the city might be overkill.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  30. Seejay

    I don't think of it as a threat to privacy. I think people who think it of it as a privacy problem are doing something wrong which the cameras are used for in the first place.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  31. Rubi

    In a way it is a threat to our privacy, because we are always followed and/or watched. So the government would know every single little thing we do therefore we might become insecure about ourselves. Then again it isn't a threat, because it's protecting us so we the people don't get hurt nor our country. So I can see the pros and cons of this situation.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  32. Zara

    I understand that the cameras are designed to help enforce public safety, but I would feel really insecure having cameras watching me every minute. Isn't there another way to keep the public safe from terrorism?

    August 16, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  33. Maggie

    I think that mass surveilance is a threat of privacy, but if it does it's job it should keep us safe and that's a very important thing.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • Umar

      I agree also about the security being violated, but I it much safer because although America is the so called "'watchdog", they cannot be everywhere at any given time to assist a person. And if a crime happens on the camera, it is the best proof to show what happens.

      August 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Becca

    I think it's very good that the Government wants to look out and stop terroism but it's a little scary that they could be watching me at all times. I don't do anything wrong but i still like to have my privacy. My parents don't know every little aspect of my life so why should complete strangers?

    August 16, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  35. Alaina

    I think that the mass surveillance is ok but its invading personal space. it is good so people can catch terrorists.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  36. hunter

    I realy dont think there should be so much surveilance.I personaly think that it is an invation of privacy! I mean i do like to be safe but i think that is too much.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  37. Kiersten

    My thoughts on Government Security Systems are mostly about having them all over the place. When you have cameras all over the place no one can have privacy.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  38. madison

    I think the security cameras everywhere are ok as long as they are useing them for safety. If something bad happened to one of my family members on the street i would want to know who did it so the police could help my family member back to safety.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  39. christopher

    If the cameras are in the bathrooms thats invading are privacy.
    There is no reason to record us going to the bathroom.
    there is normally not any useally there and i know.
    keep privacy in your mind. please.:]

    August 16, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  40. sam

    sometimes cameras are nessisary and sometimes there not. I would like to be safe so I don't realy care only if its the only way.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  41. Savannah

    My opinion about having security cameras is I don't think we should. Our country is a free country and everyone should have their own privacy.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Jessica

      i agree with you a hundred percent because this country has freedom

      August 20, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  42. Ally

    I thought America was the home of the free, not the home of the watched. It's not right of them to watch everything we do. It's just creepy.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  43. Grace

    I think that we shouldn't have camera's because sometimes we don't need it but, then again we sometimes do need!

    August 16, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  44. Lana

    It would be safe to have cameras but sometimes to many, will invade peoples privacy!

    August 16, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  45. Cyanne

    Yes because if i was making a personal phone call i would want anyone listening to me telling my persinal information

    August 16, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  46. Ben

    I think that the government surveillance is acceptable so long as it's on government property only.

    August 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Destiny

      See that's where you could be wrong because the government can put it wherever they want to but they have enough respect not to put it in our homes and yes the cameras are acceptable

      August 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  47. Gismo

    I think it is worth it to have the security camuras so we can be better protected

    August 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  48. Casiana

    I think that having security cameras in places that you may or may not know about is a good idea.
    It might be or sound like a invasion of privacy or give more reasons for the police to keep tabs on people, which no one wants. But in this day of age in tecnology it seem like no one really cares about privacy. It might also help keep weirdos off the streets and in prison or the mental hospital. In some ways this could be good for the people or not.

    August 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  49. Samuel

    I think that the cameras are great, but to an extent. Just a few cameras in a building or on a street are ok. But having what there is now crosses the line.

    August 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  50. Haley

    I think it can be a good thing, but not everywhere. I think that less would be better. If you were a criminal, you'd notice the cameras and be much more careful. They might learn to evade the cameras.

    August 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  51. Jake

    As long as cameras are kept in Public areas I don't mind them. However, if the go into the privacy of my home, property, etc. than it definitely is way to far. Plus a small invasion of privacy is worth not having another terrorist attack where many people could die or be injured.

    August 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  52. Michael

    Cameras are useful, but it doesn't stop anything, just makes it easier to apprehend the criminals. This sacrifices lots of privacy to make it a bit easier to apprehend criminals.

    August 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  53. Destiny

    It really depends on how people want to look at it and how the government is doing the whole camera thing. It is a good idea to have the cameras because people that has been getting away with murder or hijacking cars stuff like that then the police can finally find them and put them behind bars where they belong. Technically speaking yes it's a good idea, so I don't understand why people are freaking out because the cameras aren't in their home. Also the people that want justice for a crime that has been committed on the streets at night then they can get that justice because all the government has to do is look at it and they can send it to the police and find out the address of the person and get justice!

    August 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  54. Christian

    This is not lawful and is aganist our on amendments. The fourth amendment says " The right of people to be secure in their persons,houses,papers, and effects, aganist unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be secured, and the persons or things to be seized." so unless everyone sighned a warrant then it's illegal to place the cameras everywhere and blanket the city with cameras.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  55. Savannah

    I think that there should be cameras. Because there are so many people in the united states that we don't know are capable of doing things. Also, the cameras could also catch people from stilling out of stores, hi jacking cars ,doing illegal drugs, and other things that are agianst the law. The cameras could be a benefit to the police by helping cath a criminal for instance if you had a cameras set in a way you could see any corner and any dirrection their there are many cameras its likely one camera could catch the criminal. People also fear of having cameras in public areas because there identity could be stolen or they could be stalk. But if you look at The chances of being stalked ands not being watched with a camera you could still be stalked any way so I think that there should be cameras because it is a public place and you can go somewhere not in public if your worried about being watched

    August 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  56. Benjamin

    I think the cameras are ok because it keeps people from doing bad things knowing that they are on camera, and if they do a bad thing it won't be hard to find out who it was. I think cameras protect peoples saftey.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  57. Elizabeth

    Why should cameras placed in public location threaten our privacy ? They could at least get us scratching nose or wearing terrible outfits... Privacy involves me and my family within my house.
    I see, on the opposite, the extreme benefits they represent for society: aggressions or steals prevention, criminals identification. So, let's start recording...

    August 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  58. Dallas

    I'm thinking privacy because the camera locations are only going to grow, plus that gives criminals a huge advantage when wanting to do a crime.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  59. Hallie

    I think the surveillance is perfectly acceptable. Without them the government would not be able to catch criminal and terrorist activity that goes on. Even if you don't like the cameras, what are you afraid they're going to see? You walking down the street or scratching your nose. They are trying to catch criminals and terrorist as long as you are not one of those I don't think you have anything to worry about.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  60. William

    I think that privacy is more important then safety. This may be seen in a bad way but we don't want be watched every single minute of our life. If this happens, someday there would be camaras in our homes and no privacy would be left.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  61. Hailey

    idc!

    August 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  62. Kyle

    I think that cameras in public are okay because without them people would be more likely to steal because they would know that they could get away with the crime.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  63. Hallie

    I think the surveillance is perfectly acceptable. Without them the government would not be able to catch criminal and terrorist activity that goes on. Even if you don't like the cameras, what are you afraid they're going to see? You walking down the street or scratching your nose. FI your really that worried about being watched then I'm kind of concerned about what you're doing. They are trying to catch criminals and terrorist as long as you are not one of those I don't think you have anything to worry about.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  64. Gabrielle

    The security cameras help us stay safe because if we had no cameras and you were in public and someone was beating you, and there were no cameras the person would not get caught. I believe that cameras on public property do not violate my privacy. It could prevent me from getting hurt. That is why cameras don't invade my privacy.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  65. Juan

    I think the cameras are great because if someone or you are getting bullied they will have it on tape then they can help you with that issue and get the bully in trouble.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  66. Judy

    I think cameras are useful for our security.They could threaten our privacy,but they are keeping us from
    danger.Eventhough our privacy is really important,our lives and safety is important,too.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  67. Vy

    You can do your private things in your own room or your private places, don't go to the public places then request other people respect your privacy.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  68. Linh

    I totally agree with this idea, because police can easily keep the security in the area. Moreover, now there are many teenagers want to drive cars by themselves and it is very dangerous for residents around. They can prevent accidents from careless pr drunk drivers, too. Therefore, it is no harm if they install cameras.

    August 17, 2012 at 2:46 am |
  69. Hyun Ju

    I think everyone should sacrifice a little to ensure the safety and security. In many cases, surveillance cameras play significant roles in tracking down the criminals. The presence of surveillance cameras will deter even the most determined criminals. Of course, some people might feel uncomfortable, but nothing comes without cost. We should see the fact that benefits of the policy far outweigh possible inconvenience.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:23 am |
  70. Taylor

    Well not really because they are protecting others

    August 17, 2012 at 8:16 am |
  71. Marcus

    i think this is an invasion of privacy and it not right for the govt to do this

    August 17, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  72. Young

    Why doesn't government hire more security officals instead? It will help both create more jobs and keep security.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  73. KYW

    Sometimes there are things that should be put above everything else, and one of them is security. People should realize that protecting people's lives are more important than protecting their privacy.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  74. YY

    Privacy!

    August 17, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  75. Young

    Sometimes there are things that should be put above everything else, and one of them is security. People should realize that protecting people's lives are more important than protecting their privacy.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  76. Joanna

    Cameras. I think they are needed, especially around the corners of streets! Corners of the streets can sometimes be spooky or even dangerous. Some people might think that the security cameras are threat to privacy of some people, but I believe there has to be some limitation to that. The reason I believe limitation is needed is because if there are none, then more crimes might happen. Therefore, I firmly believe that security cameras are needed because almost everyone knows it is, but feel like the camera is threat to their privacy just because the issue is brought up.
    People need to know that we are already living in a world that security cameras surrounds, and all of us already adjusted to that kind of life.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  77. GIang

    If you don't do anything wrong, why do you have to worry about being watched?

    What if you are robbed or your car is stolen, you may need a camera to find out who he is.

    August 17, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  78. Tyler

    Having a lot of cameras in public is not an invasion of privacy! Every store, gas station, school, etc. has at least 1 camera in it. Besides while in public, its not like your using the restroom, taking a shower, etc. These cameras our here for our own protection. If all of these cameras were taken away, and we had a terrorist attack, everyone would say we should have had more surveillance.

    August 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  79. Bryan

    Security cameras are becoming abnormally common in most public areas. So abnormal it's almost normal. Some people feel these cameras are posing a threat to privacy, while other people think they are of importance to keep public areas safe. These cameras, I think, are beginning to violate certain privacy and liberty rights of the public. Just how many people are criminals, and if there are that many, than why does everyone else have to be studied day and night outside their home. It seems to me like there isn't much trust in the government and they have come to believe that the American public needs constant attention. For some people these cameras are starting to take their toll. Although civilion security is important in a young nation, but that doesn't mean we're all terrorists.

    August 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  80. Ethan

    I agree with Elizabeth.

    August 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  81. stephen

    I think we should have in stores but not ever ware can we pick are nose in pace.I think it a gret way to stop shop lifers can we stop being wach ever minute

    August 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  82. Kris

    I think it's an awesome idea ou never know what if a store gets robbed they make little teeny tiny cameras in th stores and catch the thief on tape without him knowing there's a camera watching him

    August 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  83. Henry

    I agree with cameras in public areas. Nowadays a lot of severe crimes happen in many places so cameras are a great help to catch a suspect.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  84. Vu

    I think it's a good idea that US government use cameras in some public places. It only threats our privacy if they use cameras at our personal office or at our home.

    August 18, 2012 at 4:42 am |
  85. Jennifer

    I think puting security cameras around us is pretty acceptable, because some crimes could be solved by using them. And I don't think security cameras are breaking our privacy because they aren't in our house. Now THAT'S breaking it.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:14 am |
  86. Ethan

    Why not put cameras in public locations,i'm all for it

    August 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  87. Jacob

    As much as I hate to say it, there is nothing in the U.S. constitution that protects individual privacy, only against unlawful search and siezure, free speech and beliefs, and so on.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • melissa

      and laws can be amended. and changed or added in.

      August 25, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  88. Libby

    Um, no thank you. These cameras are an invasion of our privacy!

    August 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  89. Jon

    If instead we stationed policemen on every corner, would people consider it an invasion of privacy? No, of course not. These cameras are simply ways to help policemen do their job more efficiently, which is important especially today since many cities have had to reduce the number of policemen employed because of lower tax revenues.

    August 20, 2012 at 1:25 am |
  90. Seonil

    My opinion is that cameras have to be put on certain places that doesn't invade privacy of other people. That won't invade other people's privacy, and protect them from terrorists or other criminals.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:57 am |
  91. Carlos

    Security cameras in a 'PUBLIC" place is okay. What can you possibly do that you need privacy for when there is already others around. Any other place out of that like a home would be wrong.

    August 20, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  92. Cassandra

    Security cameras have one main benefit: improving the likelihood of identifying the right suspect in case of a crime. In public places, this is completely acceptable in my eyes–as Carlos said, anything done in public is already seen by dozens of people. BUT, as others have also pointed out, having security cameras doesn't do anything to stop crimes from occurring. Even if they ARE being monitored 24/7–which most aren't–no one is going to get there in time to stop a crime.
    Anywhere other than public places, I believe the invasion of privacy would counteract any benefits that may result. When you compare bringing a few criminals to justice with making EVERYONE uncomfortable, I'd prefer my privacy. What is more important: innocent people or criminals? Punishing criminals cannot be done at the expense of citizens' basic rights.

    August 24, 2012 at 12:50 am |
  93. travarus

    i think there should be cameras almost every were

    August 24, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  94. Regan

    I think that we should not have cameras everywhere but, instead have them in places with high crime. Cameras should not be everywhere and invade people's privacy.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  95. Emily

    I think that it's not okay that cameras are all over public places because people sometimes need their privacy. It just looks wrong and sounds wrong

    August 24, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  96. Cortny

    I think the cameras are safe as long as there just in places were they are really needed,like in bad neighbourhoods or in a mall so people do the right thing.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  97. Natalie

    I think that if the cameras keep us safe then why not have them.It is not like they are in are houses.Why don't we give the cameras a try.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  98. Mercedes

    Security cameras should be used in public places and in our houses just to be safe and to make that nothing is being stolen from your house or from anywhere else,including being kidnapped or hurt badly.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  99. Mercedes

    Security cameras should be used in public places and in our houses just to be safe and to make sure that nothing is being stolen from your house or from anywhere else,including being kidnapped or hurt badly.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  100. dean

    cameras are fine in public because they keep you safe but in private places there should not be cameras because that is and invashion of privicy

    August 24, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  101. Patrick

    I think that the cameras are there to protect us so they are good but if the government goes overboard with putting cameras then I would definetly be against it.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  102. Hayden

    I don't agree with all the security cameras, a few is okay, but i think the government has gone too far.Putting cameras in privacy is going way too far.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  103. Rachel

    I would say that camera's in public should be used in certain areas, like thay shouldn't be in restrooms and other private places. I see camera's in stores and hospitals. Those places are okay to me.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  104. Dylan

    I have no problem with the cameras being all around us, but if they are ever private places such as bathrooms or locker rooms then I will start to think differently.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  105. Gracie

    I don't think they should put in so many cameras everywhere. Even though, safety isimportant, so is privacy. Its fine if they put it in popular public places because you never know who is going to be there and what they might do. But they are going way to far putting it in houses and other private places.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  106. Mason

    I think that it is alright to have cameras for security, but I think that the government has taken it too far. It's a little scary when there is basically no place, besides bathrooms, that your not being watched.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  107. Landen

    I think that security cameras are alright to place in stores and schools because it is helping your safety. As long as the government doesn't go overboard with putting cameras in private places like dorms. I don't see how it invades your privacy unless you have something to hide.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  108. Caitlin

    I think that cameras are acceptable in some places, but putting cameras in every place we can think of....that is wrong.Even if it's in public there should be some standards.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  109. Britnie

    I do think that the cameras are a good idea for the thought of security, but some times I feel they go a little overboard with how many cameras the government puts out. The government is a little too cautious if they think that they need that many cameras.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  110. Jaclyn

    Security cameras in public place I think are necessary if there is a crime committed like a robbing it is very important to have footage of what happened. But they are necessary to an extent. Privacy is important and some things are *private* and people need to respect that.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  111. Kyle

    I think that they could enforce the law with out the cameras.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  112. Aaron

    I don't like the idea of being watched every second of my life when I'm in public that makes me not want to go anywhere .

    August 24, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  113. Ashley

    I think there should be security cameras because the police use them as resource's to capture a bank robber or someone who steals. Some T.V shows live off of those video from store and amusement parks because some of them are downright hilarious

    August 24, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  114. Reevo

    I Think that if the government is trying to keep us safe by putting public cameras then let them It's not like they there watching you in the bathroom

    August 24, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  115. Tyler

    I think that it's okay to have cameras in certain places like community centers but not in other places like neighborhoods.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  116. Kyleigh

    I think the camera's in public places are doing have something to hide what they're doing so unless you have something to hide don't worry about your privacy just do what you're supposed to be doing and you'll be fine.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  117. citlalli

    i think this is dumb its not privacy its wrong and i feel like im being stalked so NO thank you.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  118. nate

    I think they shouldn't do that so you can do privet stuff so that what is privet stays privet. do you want to be watched all day every day I know I don't.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  119. Mackenzie

    I think camera's in public places are not needed. With camera's around its like people don't "trust" you. What is the need for camera's any ways ? It would be kinda weird being watched every second of the day.

    August 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  120. alexandra

    My opinion about the local cameras that there putting in the public is bad i disagree that they shouldn't do that. I think everybody needs there personal privacy, I wouldn't like it if somebody was all up in my business!!!!

    August 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  121. Daniel

    the security cameras need to be at important places like the bank not the park.

    August 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  122. Dylan

    I think they shouldn't have the cameras to watch you everywhere you go. To me it's just annoying knowing they are watching you where ever you might go. Even when you just want to play outside and have fun.

    August 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  123. Sean

    I do not think there should be cameras in public because I like my privacy.

    August 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  124. Chris

    I think its none of the governments bizness to watch every one 24/7 and its time for an other revolution to prove that!

    August 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  125. Ashley

    It kinda depends where. I know in a public place. But where in the public. Plus, if you wanted to get some privacy, Why would you go to a public place to get some privacy?

    August 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  126. Alan

    Security cameras in a public place is fine.You just can't put security cameras in the bathrooms or other private places.

    August 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  127. Hunter

    I understand how some people might not think it's a great idea but, if it's going to keep society safe then I think its a good thing to have those cameras around. There are a lot of murders and criminals that steal. So maybe the more convenient cameras will help us catch people like them. I would like to keep my peers and I safe so I think Yes, we should have more cameras set up. It would also catch more drug deals, people who graffiti, and lots more.

    August 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  128. Marisol

    Some security cameras is ok,but when they are everywhere and you know someone is watching you at all times it can be intense.

    August 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  129. JAKE

    I think the cameras where a good idea because they are for your safety and the people around you

    August 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  130. Cody

    I think it is a bad idea because some people are very nervous about there privacy.

    August 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  131. Morgan

    Personally, I believe that having cameras in public places is okay. If you have something to hide and are worried of getting caught for it, that's a sign to NOT do it! Most people would agree that with security cameras around they have no privacy, but the cameras are in public places not their own houses. Lastly, I think that the police have a right to know what people are doing around the city, town, and country. It's for protection not to invade our privacy!

    August 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  132. Nathan

    I think that the FBI and the department of home land security have every right to what they are doing

    August 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  133. Quynten

    camera's should only be in private places

    August 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  134. faith

    I think the cameras is a good idea because it might stop some murders that might happen in the future.

    August 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  135. Nathen

    When your in public the cameras are set up for your own safety.

    August 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  136. Sarah

    In my opinion I think people deserve privacy.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  137. Megan

    yea i do think we need cameras watching us because it tells us what people are doing on the street.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  138. seth

    I think its an invasion in privacy i understand is for our safety but if we cant walk around with privacy might as well stay at home

    August 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  139. Liam

    Security cameras are perfectly acceptable! There is nothing to be afraid or embarrassed about. Cameras are only looking for criminals, terrorists, etc. No one cares what you looked like that day, what you did or said, etc. Security cameras are for SECURITY

    August 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  140. melissa

    the NYC police department claims it to help our safety, but isn't that what police patrolling is for? Aren't they supposed to have sections of people who drive around, making sure society isn't in total chaos? And they will put the cameras in the middle of the street, when in reality, no one actually commits crime in open daylight, they wait for night-time in an alley, or abandoned street corner. they wait until no one is watching, so this is a total waste of state money.

    August 25, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  141. sam

    i think that cameras should not be put up. all the criminals will do is work around it... we will never be able to just put cameras up and catch people. Maybe the ones who will rob banks, and other places. But, that most likely will not stop the terriable people who make robbing banks seem like childplay. i really did not phrase that as good as i should, but my main idea is that it is good for stopping robberies, but not elaborate schemes that terriable people put together (like terrosist attacks) ... the truth hurts sometimes... and believe me.. i do not want to be rude or disregard the lives that have been lost during robberies and terriost attacks. that was not what i was trying to say..
    *MAIN POINT; it will stop some robberies, but not everything... electronics can also malfunction, or be hacked into

    August 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm |