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Recent acts of terrorism are surprising unsuspecting nations all over the world and it is not an act that will soon be outdated but rather a new guerilla warfare that is gaining popularity among its supporters In the early 90s the United Kingdom suffered violent terrorist attacks by the hands of the IRA which used fear as its main tactic to disturb the lives of innocent people In response to those attacks the United Kingdom decided to implement a closed circuit security system of cameras in public places with the hope of better securing their major cities against further terrorist acts In 1994 79 British cities were monitoring their central districts with a network of surveillance cameras By 1998 440 cities were wired From 1996 to 1998 three-quarters of the Home Offices Crime Prevention budget was spent on CCTV cameras Blake The controversy now remains in the question as to whether or not CCTV is effective as well as citizen friendly Through research no adequate proof has been found that the United Kingdoms use of CCTV matches their countrys expectations in crime prevention because there is no agreement on the validity of crime statistics Although CCTV seems promising in the regard that it can stop terrorist attacks before they occur this is not always the case as in the London bombings which occurred in July 2005 After the bombings CCTV films were viewed and were only helpful in putting faces on the terrorist bombers which could have otherwise gone unnamed Even though it was helpful to identify these bombers the CCTV system was argued to be futile because the bottom line was the bomb still exploded and 26 innocent people still died EdwardsHughes Another example of CCTVs unreliability was highlighted in an article by Jeff Edwards and Chris Hughes who explained that the investigation of the London bombings was actually brought to a standstill because of CCTV Investigators hoped that the tape within
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