Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/119360
Authors: 
Stutzer, Alois
Zehnder, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Economics of Security Working Paper 34
Abstract: 
Camera surveillance has recently gained prominence in policy proposals on combating terrorism. We evaluate this instrument of counterterrorism as resting on the premise of a deterrence effect. Based on comparative arguments and previous evidence on crime, we expect camera surveillance to have a relatively smaller deterrent effect on terrorism than on other forms of crime. In particular, we emphasize opportunities for substitution (i.e., displacement effects), the interaction with media attention aspired to by terrorists, the limits of real-time interventions, the crowding-out of social surveillance, the risk of misguided profiling, and politico-economic concerns regarding the misuse of the technology.
Subjects: 
Camera surveillance
closed-circuit television (CCTV)
public security
deterrence
terrorism
JEL: 
H56
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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