By Wyatt Earp | June 27, 2009
In this topsy-turvy, bust a cap in yo’ ass world, many local governments are installing surveillance cameras throughout their municipalities. They are (hopefully) seen as a deterrent to crime. While the jury is still out as to the cameras’ effectiveness, one thing is for sure: it is a good bet that a large urban city would utilize these tools before a small, rural one.
Of course, there are exceptions. And one small town in my home state has jumped aboard the lookout train. That town is Lancaster, Pennsylvania – locally recognized as the most peaceful city on the east coast. You better believe those folks need a-watchin’!
This insanity is the topic of my article at Family Security Matters. Here’s a snippet.
Big Brother is watching you.
With the introduction of new surveillance technology, several cities across the country are taking steps to “protect themselves” by watching the citizenry. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for example, the city has installed several intersection cameras in an attempt to stop people from running red lights. Violators are captured on tape, and a fine is sent to the vehicle owner’s residence. Of course in true Democrat fashion, most of the cameras have been installed in those areas of the city where people pay taxes and vote Republican. Because what good is fining people who cannot or will not pay the tickets?
As a result, many cities have also installed security cameras in highly populated public areas. The official reason cited is that the cameras are there to reduce crime, but few people are buying that tripe. In Washington, D.C., the unofficial reason is that the manager of the Nationals is looking for an average Joe who can throw a baseball more than 40 miles per hour. In Anchorage, the unofficial reason is that the city needs to be notified of any Al Gore sightings so they can saw off the state and send it drifting into the Bering Sea. In Chicago, the unofficial reason is that the city is looking for the one honest politician to run for national office. Sadly, that search continues.
With the escalating murder rates and the constant threat of terrorism, one would think that a big, bustling, crime-ridden metropolis like Los Angeles or New York would be ripe for this kind of monitoring. Amazingly, that is not the case. Believe it or not, the most-watched American city is Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
You can read the rest of the butter-churnin’ goodness HERE.